dental emergencyUnfortunately, not every dental emergency occurs while our office is open. When this does happen, it is important to stay calm and act quickly. Be sure to call our office and leave a message, so we can schedule you for an appointment as soon as possible. Once you do this, there are some simple steps you can take to ensure whatever damage has occurred doesn’t worsen. In today’s blog, your Newport Beach, CA, dentist discusses the various steps you can take to treat yourself at home during a dental emergency.

Tooth Pain

Experiencing tooth pain is extremely frustrating and even slight discomfort can derail your day. First, be sure to rinse your mouth out with warm water. This can potentially dislodge any stuck food particles that could be causing you pain. Similarly, you can use dental floss to accomplish the same goal, but it could be more painful, depending on how sensitive the area is. You can also use a cold compress on the outside of your mouth to reduce any swelling in your gums. Finally, feel free to take a pain reliever if you think it will help. If your discomfort persists, be sure to call us, so we can inspect the area and see what is causing your pain. It is best to treat issues before they worsen and require more serious procedures like extraction. 

Chipped Or Broken Tooth

If you break or chip your tooth, do your best to find and gather whatever pieces you can and rinse them under warm water to clean off any particles that may have attached to them. Next, gently rinse your mouth out with warm water. Similar to tooth pain, apply a cold compress to your mouth and take any over-the-counter pain medicine that you have on hand. If you start bleeding, place sterile gauze in your mouth and carefully bite down on it to stop the flow. Again, be sure to call us and leave a message to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. You do not want to wait when dealing with a dental emergency. 

Completely Knocked Out Tooth

If you completely lose a tooth, be sure to immediately find it and rinse it off. Be sure to hold it by the crown rather than the roots. Do not scrub it or attempt to remove any tissue from it. If you can, try to place it back in its socket, but do not force it. If you cannot, place it in a container filled with either milk or a product like Save-a-tooth. Be sure to come in as soon as possible, so we can see if we can save the tooth or if we will need to provide you with a dental implant

Contact Us If You Have A Dental Emergency

If there is a non-life-threatening dental emergency, please be sure to contact us right away.  Schedule an appointment as soon as possible by calling Balboa Dental Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, today at 949-630-0143.