With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the nation, dental offices have had to close for everything but dental emergencies. But we’re here to ensure that you’re getting those taken care of. Dr. Vijay Patel of Montclair Plaza Dental Group, a dentist in Montclair, CA, lists common dental emergencies and what you can do until you’re able to be seen in the office.
Handling a Dental Emergency
The first thing you should always do is call our office. We want to make sure that we can get you seen as soon as possible. Below are some common dental emergencies and tips on what you can do if you’re experiencing a dental emergency.
Severe Tooth Pain
Dental pain isn’t something that you should take lightly or ignore, particularly if it’s severe and sudden. It can be caused by a variety of conditions, such as tooth decay, an infection, or an abscess. Oftentimes, it’s difficult to tell the cause until a dentist does a thorough examination. Take over the counter pain medications to ease pain and use a cold compress to help with any swelling you experience.
It’s important that when an adult tooth gets knocked out that you don’t panic. Try to find the tooth, only picking it up by the crown. Avoid touching the tooth root. Gently rinse off the tooth, but don’t scrub, as that can cause damage. Place the tooth in a cup of milk or your own saliva so that you can preserve the tooth as much as possible. Never try to place the tooth back in the socket on your own.
When you get to our office, Dr. Patel will evaluate the tooth and see if it can be salvaged. If not, Dr. Patel will go over the options Montclair Plaza Dental Group has to replace missing teeth. Most likely, he’ll recommend dental implants, as these are the most natural and stable form of tooth replacement.
Broken, Cracked, or Chipped Tooth
Small, cosmetic chips are a common occurrence for teeth. However, if you have a large chip or break, that’s considered something more serious. A big chip or break can be extremely painful and expose the nerves and pulp inside your tooth. Like with a knocked-out tooth, try to retrieve the portion that broke off and store it in a cup of milk or saliva.
A cracked tooth can expose the tooth pulp and make it easy for an infection to get inside. Getting this in the pulp of your tooth can lead to the need for a root canal or a full tooth extraction, depending on the severity. It’s essential to get it fixed as soon as possible.
Your Dentist in Montclair, California
If you have a dental emergency, call us immediately. After the pandemic is over, we’ll be here for your regular checkups and cleanings as well. Call us or schedule an appointment online for the future. We’re hoping we’ll be seeing you soon!