A dental emergency is a problem that is connected to the tooth and gums that will need immediate professional care to avoid worse situations. There are several reasons when emergency care may be required, such as an unbearable toothache, trauma to your mouth, a loosened restoration, and much more.
If you need emergency help, please make an appointment at Ryan Rush DDS PLLC in Fort Collins, CO 80526 as soon as possible. We can provide emergency treatments for most conditions that can be done in one day.
What Are Some Common Dental Emergencies?
- Swollen or Sore Gums
- Jaw Pain
- Broken, Cracked, and Chipped Teeth
- Broken Restorations
What Should You Do In a Dental Emergency?
When you are in an emergency, you should first schedule an appointment at our dental office. Then, in the meantime before we can attend to you, you can take a few simple measures before you reach us.
- If you have a severe toothache, take some painkillers.
- If you have a knocked-out tooth, recover it. Wash the tooth with warm water and try to place it in your socket or put it in a container of cold milk.
- If your dental restorations have come loose, wash and store them in a clean plastic bag.
- If your gums are bleeding, place sterile gauze or cotton balls to stop the blood flow.
- In case of swellings, apply a cold compress to the cheek.
How to Avoid Dental Emergencies?
Though many dental emergencies occur due to reasons that are beyond our control, we can still take some preventive measures to avoid them. Committed dental care and additional safety measures while participating in risky activities can help you avoid needing an emergency procedure.
A few tips to follow for the well-being of your teeth include:
- Practice Good Dental Hygiene
Inadequate dental hygiene is a leading cause of dental emergencies. While some accidental incidents cannot be avoided, taking proper care of your teeth can help prevent situations from developing into a dental emergency.
It is essential to wear a mouthguard during sports activities, especially while playing physically demanding games. There are various kinds of mouthguards designed for every type of mouth, including custom, boil-and-bite, and ready-to-use mouth guards.
Though it may be tempting to eat hard foods such as ice, hard slices of bread, and other tough foods, they often cause chips, cracks, or different kinds of dental damage.
- Refrain Using Teeth as Tools
It is a bad idea to use your teeth as tools, especially to open bottle caps or other packages. Regrettably, many dental emergencies are the result of injuries linked to these activities.
In case of a dental emergency, call us at Ryan Rush, DDS PLLC, Dentist Fort Collins CO, at (970) 223-5393, and schedule an immediate appointment. We will try our best to attend to you on the same day.