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What to Do in a Dental Emergency

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Many people don’t think twice about a dental emergency until they are faced with one. Knowing how to handle an emergency case can lower your stress if and when the time does come. We have compiled a list of common emergencies and their best practices to better prepare you for a dental emergency.

Contact Your Doctor Immediately

The most critical thing to do when you’re experiencing a dental emergency is to contact your dentist. Know your doctor’s emergency policy and keep their information on hand. Many offices will accommodate an emergency situation, but it is best to have a backup dentist if you are unable to see your usual dentist.

Preserve Your Tooth

If your tooth has fallen out, it is imperative to preserve it. Retrieve your tooth and rinse it thoroughly, but do not remove any tissue that remains. If possible, place the tooth back into its proper place in your mouth. If you are unable to do so, place the tooth in a cup of milk until you can get into your dentist’s office.

Keep Any Attachments

If you’re missing a filling or cap, it is best to try to place it back into its rightful spot due to the damage that your natural tooth likely already has. If you are able to place it, note that you will still need to visit your dentist to have it permanently attached. If replacing it is not possible, wait until your dentist can do so properly.

Cover Any Stray Wires

When you are going through orthodontic treatments, it’s possible to have complications with wires and brackets. Keep orthodontic wax nearby so you can cover any loose wires that may be causing you discomfort.

While these are pretty common dental emergencies, you may be experiencing an emergency specific to your oral health. If you’re questioning whether or not your dental situation is an emergency case, it is always best to call for confirmation. Our team at Savannah Dental Care is happy to answer any questions and perform necessary treatments. Contact us today!

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