|Dental Emergencies for Adults
Encountering a dental emergency can be a distressing experience, and being well-informed about the appropriate actions can make a significant difference in saving a tooth. At Elite Dental of Natick, our dentists, along with our dental team, prioritize our patients' preparedness for emergencies.
If you have a dental emergency, the best action is to contact us at Elite Dental of Natick at (508) 319-9339 right away. In the meantime, if you experience a knocked out tooth, fractures, chips, or breaks in your tooth, here is some helpful advice and ways to help preserve your tooth while you are on your way in to our office to see us.
What to Do If You Knock Out a Tooth
In the event of a knocked-out tooth, immediate action is crucial. Contact us promptly, as the first 30 minutes can determine the fate of the tooth. Meanwhile, consider the following steps:
Managing Fractures, Chips, or Breaks
The severity of a fracture, chip, or break determines whether immediate attention is necessary. Rinse your mouth with warm water and use an ice pack to minimize swelling. For pain relief, consider taking ibuprofen or Tylenol. However, it's crucial to schedule an appointment with our office promptly for a comprehensive assessment of the injury. Treatment options may range from dental bonding for minor damage to dental crowns or veneers for more extensive cases. Severe fractures might require tooth extraction. We will not be able to determine the necessary and appropriate treatment for your tooth until we are able to get you in for an exam.
Preventive Measures for Dental Emergencies
To reduce the risk of facial and dental injuries, adopt simple precautions. For activities with injury potential, such as sports, use a custom-fitted mouth guard for superior comfort, durability, and protection compared to store-bought alternatives. At Elite Dental of Natick we can fit you for a personalized mouth guard for the best protection against damage to your teeth. Jaw clenching and teeth grinding can also cause damage to your teeth, and a custom fit night mouth guard can offer protection as well.
Avoiding certain habits can also decrease the likelihood of chipping, breaking, or fracturing a tooth. Refrain from chewing on ice, popcorn kernels, pen caps, or hard candy, as these can damage your tooth enamel or cause cracks in your teeth. Additionally, use scissors instead of your teeth when opening packages. It may seem quicker and easier to just use your teeth, but in the long run, it is safer and better to protect your teeth from unnecessary damage by ripping open packages this way.
Call Us Now!
If you find yourself in a dental emergency, contact us at (508) 319-9339 to schedule an emergency appointment. In case of unavailability, seek prompt treatment at the nearest hospital or urgent care facility. Your oral health is our priority!