Dental emergencies happen, and usually when you least expect them. If you’re dealing with a dental emergency for the first time, it can be frightening. However, do not panic, Integrative Dental Wellness is fully equipped to handle many dental emergencies same-day. Common dental emergencies include:
- Injuries to the mouth or to teeth due to falling, including teeth being knocked out
- Severe or abnormal dental pain, sudden, sharp, or dull/aching
- Infections, redness, swelling, or pus from a tooth
- Severe tooth sensitivity or a cracked/broken tooth
How can Integrative Dental Wellness help during a dental emergency?
Our practice knows that dental emergencies can come out of nowhere, which is why we’re equipped to assist you as soon as possible. For any dental emergency not needing hospital-level care, please call our office immediately. Our staff will get an understanding of what is going on and refer you to a higher level of care if needed. However, for dental emergencies we can treat, we will schedule you as soon as possible, often same-day, to meet with one of our dentists.
Useful tips to handle dental emergencies prior to going to the dentist
While you may want to go straight to the dentist during a dental emergency, there are some common at-home tips to treat emergencies while waiting for a dental appointment.
- For Pain: For extensive dental pain, consider an over-the-counter (OTC) dental pain remedy. Often these can come in the form of dental gels, which can be applied to the pain point for numbing action, or even in spray form. Additionally, you may be able to take a normal dose of ibuprofen or Tylenol to ease the pain while you wait for an appointment.
- For Bleeding: If dental bleeding is not severe, consider putting gauze in your mouth to see if the bleeding will stop on its own while you call your dental office. However, for heavy bleeding that will not stop, or for heavy dental bleeding associated with other symptoms, please go straight to the nearest emergency room.
- For a Broken or Missing Tooth: If your tooth has broken or fallen out, ensure you have gotten out any fragments of the tooth, and consider rinsing with warm salt water while waiting on an appointment.
Great experience, very kind and respectful staff, beautiful office. Dr. Betts was wonderful and put my dentist fears at ease. Especially love that they support Helping Up Mission.