Need Emergency Dental Treatment in Montgomery County, Maryland?
Here are some signs to look for to potentially avoid further complications from an emergency dental situation before you see a dentist:
Swelling of your lips, gums, tongue, or other areas of your mouth can cause severe consequences. Sometimes it can be a simple cause like food particles stuck in between your teeth or between your teeth and gums. Other times, more serious causes like cysts, infections, and possibly oral cancer are at the root of the swelling. Early detection and examination by your dentist is crucial to avoiding complications down the road.
While taking a pain medication at home may cause the pain to go away, you should always consider that the cause of the pain should be checked out by a dentist as soon as possible. Pain is your body telling you that something is wrong, and before long a minor pain can become a major issue! Pain may mean you have an oral infection, which has a potential to be a life-threatening condition as it can spread to other parts of your body.
A tooth that has been knocked out is referred to as “avulsed.” This is probably the most common dental emergency and this situation happens to more than five million people per year. The good news is many of these teeth can be saved and replaced by a dentist. It is crucial that you do not delay if your tooth is knocked out because time is of the essence in getting it replaced and healthy. The longer it takes you to get to a dentist, the less chance the tooth has of being saved.
There are many lifestyles that put you in the risk category for potentially having an emergency and knowing what to do beforehand is the key to keeping yourself safe. If you play sports, especially contact sports like football and boxing, always wear protective guards for your mouth when participating in order to reduce your risks. However, simple daily activities can also cause an emergency. Many people break their teeth every year by chewing ice or using their teeth to open packaging. Avoid these kinds of activities.
Treatment for Emergencies
Treatment for dental emergencies starts before you get to the dentist’s office. You should take the following general precautions and actions before arriving at our office but remember, go immediately to the hospital if you have excessive bleeding, suspect you have broken your jaw, or experience significant swelling.
If you have lost a tooth:
Keep the area in and surrounding the tooth or teeth clean and free of dirt and debris by rinsing with warm water. Also, put the tooth in milk or keep it in your mouth if possible.
If you have swelling:
Apply cold compresses to control swelling.
In all cases of emergencies:
The dentist will need to examine your teeth and gums to determine what happened. Dr. Vette will also ask you questions about the incident that caused the problem and will request information about your medical history. Only then can he determine the treatment method that is correct for the emergency.
Dental emergencies require immediate attention from a dentist. If there is ever a question in your mind that you have a dental emergency, you should contact Dr. Vette immediately. Being prepared for dental emergencies beforehand gives you the best chance of success. If you don’t have a regular dentist, please feel free to keep our contact information in your wallet or purse so you can call quickly and get to our office.