No one ever wants to have an emergency, but when one presents itself, it is better to know how to deal with it no matter the situation!
A dental emergency of any kind of emergency is something that no one wants to deal with. But, they do happen. No matter what we will be here for you and your family. Even before an emergency happens, make sure you know our number or keep it in an easy to find location. The moment something happens, please call us. Our number is (843)873-7326. But in between talking to us and walking into the office, there are several things you and your family should know about how to react in any situation!
Dental emergencies can affect your gums, the soft tissue in your mouth, your jaw, and your teeth. These emergencies come in many forms. Some are worse than others, but pay acute attention to any of them and act accordingly and as quickly as possible. Sometimes your actions and reactions to these emergencies affect the general outcome. It might seem like it at the time, but most dental injuries are not as serious as other physical emergencies. It is the possible extreme pain that can be the issue, not your actual health. So take a deep breath. Once you call us and let us know what has happened, make sure to follow any given directions without fail. Do not skip any steps of your care before or after the issues are addressed!
To make this easier, here is a list of things you can do to help keep your mouth as a whole as safe as possible in times of emergency.
First off, stay calm. If this emergency has happened to your child or family member, don’t panic around them. Stay calm and act quickly. This can lower the panic of the hurt individual and it can make the process quicker and a little less frightening. If you are the individual having an emergency, try and avoid panic. You can hurt yourself more if you panic and make the emergency worse!
If you have lost a permanent tooth, make sure to keep it wet. If you are able, place it back into its socket and keep it there. You can also keep it between your cheeks and teeth. You can also place it in some milk to save the tooth.
If your permanent tooth does get knocked out, only hold it by the crown (the top of your tooth). Only keep it wet with saliva, water, or milk. Touch the tooth as little as possible. Don’t agitate the tooth. Do not use soap or chemicals on it and do not wash any tissue left on the tooth or the root of the tooth.
If there is bleeding in your mouth from your gums or a cut on any of the soft tissue inside of your mouth, wash it out with warm water. If you have any pain or swelling, press a warm compress to it.
If there is anything stuck between your teeth, its always best to use floss to remove it rather than something sharp. If you can’t successfully remove it without damaging your teeth or the gums, leave it and let one of our team members remove it for you.
If you have swelling that could be the result of an infection or an abrasion, make sure to stay hydrated. When resting or sleeping, don’t lay flat. Rest and sleep sitting up or as elevated as possible.
If you have a discolored sore in your mouth that looks like a pimple, it could be an abscess! Don’t try and pop it. See your dentists as quickly as possible, and keep brushing and flossing the area as usual.
Just as important as following these steps during a dental emergency, there are ways to prevent them too! Your mouth is incredibly important and very sensitive. Go above and beyond when caring for it and protecting it.
Wear a mouthguard while playing sports or doing other physical activities.
Don’t chew hard foods that could break a tooth.
Don’t cut or tear anything with your teeth. We have scissors for that.
Stay on top of your oral care and be consistent with it.
Make sure to schedule regular checkups and appointments with us.
If you or a family member has a dental emergency, act quickly and calmly. Call us immediately, and we will take care of you as quickly as possible. Follow the list above while you are waiting to receive care, and try your hardest to prevent any emergencies. We are here to help your family in any moment of need, never hesitate to contact us!