Your Emergency Dentist is Here to Help!
A dental emergency is any situation that calls for professional attention right away – such as a knocked out tooth, broken tooth, severe dental pain, or anything else that just doesn’t feel quite right in your mouth. It’s scary when something suddenly goes wrong with your oral health, but there is no reason to panic when you know you have an emergency dentist on your side. If you or a loved one ever find yourselves in the middle of a dental emergency, you can always call Dr. Mark Makram for the prompt and effective care you need. Our team is trained to handle a wide variety of dental emergencies, so no matter what your situation may be, you can always look to us for help.
What is a Dental Emergency?
Just like any urgent situation, dental emergencies come in all shapes and sizes. Most of them are caused by unexpected injuries or dental problems that have remained untreated for a very long time.
In any case, should you experience any of the following situations, be sure to stop whatever you are doing and call us immediately:
- Knocked out teeth
- Dislodged teeth
- Severe toothache
- Broken dental work (filling, crown, bridge, etc.)
- Something lodged between the teeth
- Lacerated soft tissue
- Pain in the jaw
- Pain or swelling in the face
Our office is actually better equipped to treat dental emergencies compared to your average ER, and most of the time, we’ll be able to see you much faster as well. However, if you are bleeding profusely or have any broken bones, you should always go to your local emergency room first.
What to Do in a Dental Emergency
In the first few moments after a dental emergency has occurred, it can be tough to know what to do next. No matter what your problem might be, you should always take a moment to calm yourself down, as this will help you clear your head and take action to get the attention you need.
If you have a knocked out tooth, try to find the tooth, and be sure to pick it up only by the crown, never the root. Gently rinse it off with warm water and try to place it back into its original socket if you can. If you can’t, put it in a container of milk or saltwater as the tooth needs to remain wet in order for it to be viable for reattachment. In any case, be sure to call us as soon as you can, because if we’re able to see you quickly enough, we will likely be able to replant your natural tooth.
If you suffer a broken tooth, try to collect any pieces you can find and use a cold compress to control any pain or swelling you might be experiencing. You can apply gentle pressure with a clean rag to manage any bleeding as well. At this point, be sure to give us a call so we can schedule an appointment to restore your tooth as soon as we can.
When it comes to any other kind of dental pain, whether that be a severe toothache or lacerated soft tissue, a cold compress and/or OTC medication can provide relief from any pain or swelling, and you should give us a call so we can assess and treat your issue right away.
How to Avoid Dental Emergencies
While you cannot completely eliminate your risk of experiencing a dental emergency, there are a few preventive measures you can take to reduce the chances of one catching you by surprise.
To prevent dental emergencies, remember to…
- Wear a customized mouthguard during contact sports. Most dental emergencies are actually caused on the field, court, or mat.
- Avoid damaging habits like pen chewing, nail biting, and eating ice.
- Never use your teeth to open packages or cut through plastic.
- Visit your dentist every six months so we can spot and fix small problems that could turn into emergency situations if they are not treated.
We’re Here to Help
Should you or someone close to you find yourselves in extreme dental pain, you can always rely on our practice to provide the care that you need. When you call us with an emergency, we can answer questions, give first-aid tips, and even provide urgent, same-day care if necessary. All in all, when you need us the most, we’ll always be there.
To learn more about how to handle dental emergencies or prevent them from happening, please contact us today.