MacDonald Ranch Dentist

Recognizing Dental Emergencies

Fortunately, dental emergencies do not arise that often, but when they do, the sooner a dental visit can take place, the better. At the offices of Dr. Ignatowicz, we understand that dental emergencies happen for a variety of reasons, some of which are:

  • Loss of tooth
  • Intense pain
  • Puncture wound
  • Infection
  • Swelling
  • Lost filling

The best way to resolve a dental issue quickly is to be prepared. Following are some items that should be included in a proper dental preparation kit:

  • Dentist’s phone number
  • Sterile gauze
  • Toothbrush
  • Tooth paste
  • Dental floss
  • Tylenol (never use aspirin because it is an anticoagulant that can cause excessive bleeding.)

Immediately dealing with a dental emergency is important. Oftentimes, a lost tooth can be saved if treatment takes place within a 30-minute time frame. In the meantime, while waiting for your emergency dental visit, important measures can be taken to help deal with your issue:

Toothache – clean around the tooth, rinse with warm water, floss gently to remove any trapped food. Use Tylenol, if needed.

Loss of a tooth – find the tooth, and then touch only the top portion of the tooth (the crown) because the lower, root portion is susceptible to germs and bacteria. If possible, try to position the tooth back into the socket, then bite down gently to hold the tooth in place. If this is not possible, put the tooth in some milk until a dentist can be found.  

Infection or abscess – a discharge might be present or a large amount of swelling. Antibiotics will be needed to clear up the infection. Sometimes, a cool ice pack, on the affected area, can offer relief.

Bleeding from the mouth – a little bit of blood while you floss might not be problematic, but it blood is present in your saliva this could be a sign of cancer or gum disease. Either way, a dentist should be contacted to resolve this issue.

Laceration – using sterile gauze, apply pressure to the bleeding area.

Lost filling – sugarless gum is a great way to seal up a lost filling until a dentist can be found.

For those who do not have dental insurance, it is important to remember that an emergency means immediate attention must take place. A local dental school can help. Applying for a health card is also an option or check with the dental office to see if payments can be made.

At Vegas Tooth Doctor, we understand that emergencies do happen. We are here to help, when you need us. If you are in need of an emergency visit, contact Dr. Ignatowicz today on the site or give us a call at (702) 473-5100.

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