February 8, 2013
As we all know, life can be unpredictable at times, even where your dental health is concerned. From tooth loss to jaw pain, emergencies happen, usually at the most inconvenient or frustrating times. Don’t panic, though – at Complete Cosmetic Care Dentistry in Sapulpa, OK, our experienced and dedicated team is committed to providing you with excellent care, no matter the day or time. If you suffer a dental emergency, the first step you should take is to call our office as soon as possible. However, if you can’t get to us right away, Dr. Mohanna and Dr. Georgy are happy to be able to offer you some helpful tips that should improve your condition in the meantime. Here are some common emergency situations:
I knocked my tooth out!
If you still have the tooth, hold it by the crown and rinse it in warm water. Don’t scrub off any tissue that’s still attached! Try to slip the tooth back into its socket. If it won’t go in easily, don’t try and force it – instead, place the tooth in a container of milk, or water with a pinch of salt if none is available. Come in to our Sapulpa office as quickly as possible – the sooner we can see you, the better chance we have of saving your tooth.
I lost my crown!
If you can find it, save the crown and bring it with you to the office. If you aren’t able to come right away, you can dab a small amount of toothpaste onto the affected tooth and gently place the crown back into its original position. Dental adhesive can also be used.
I have a really painful toothache!
First, try rinsing your mouth with warm water in order to dislodge any food from between the teeth. If this doesn’t work, over-the-counter analgesics such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen can be taken to relieve the pain until you can get to our Sapulpa office. However, don’t place Aspirin or other pain medication directly on the gum tissue – this can cause damage.
I have a broken/loose orthodontic band/wire!
Use some orthodontic wax to secure the bracket or wire back into place. Under no circumstances should you use glue!
For information about other dental emergencies, take a look here. Don’t let dental emergencies stress you out – Dr. Mohanna, Dr. Georgy, and their team are here to provide you with the most effective and compassionate care available at any time you need it. Call our Sapulpa, OK office today if you’re ready to schedule an appointment.
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