Whenever you experience an injury to one of your teeth, it can be quite upsetting. This is because dental emergencies often happen when you least expect them. But having a plan for responding can help you quickly relieve your painful symptoms and put you on the path to recovery. This means preventing your injury from progressing and receiving the appropriate repair to your hurt tooth.
At your Newport Beach, CA, dental practice, we are standing by to provide service in your time of need. We can examine your injury and offer the right restorative solution to return the beauty of your healthy smile!
Examining Your Problem Tooth
To determine if your dental injury requires an emergency response, first assess the extent of your damage and pain. While certain conditions like mild cavities can be treated at a general cleaning and examination, you should not wait to be seen for more severe injuries. Most importantly, if you believe your situation to be life-threatening or have bleeding symptoms that you cannot get under control, immediately head to your nearest emergency room or call 911. After giving you treatment they will let you know to see your dentist to repair your tooth.
Call us at Balboa Dental Surgery no matter the time of your injury. If outside of normal operating hours, leave us a detailed message describing your injury and we will contact you as soon as we are able. After arranging your emergency appointment, prepare for your visit depending on your type of injury.
When your tooth is knocked out, rinse it with water to clear any debris and attempt to place it back in its socket. If this is not possible, store the tooth in a container of milk or jar of salt water to preserve it before your visit to our office. Avoid touching it by its roots and instead, grab the crown whenever handling a loose tooth. This helps prevent further damage while the tooth is outside your mouth.
Chipped Or Broken Tooth
If you break or chip a tooth, clean your mouth with warm water and clear any blood. Applying a cold compress to your face can help you reduce swelling associated with your injury. If pieces of the tooth break off, store them in milk or a saltwater bath and bring them to your appointment. We will attempt to restore your original material, but we can still fully repair your tooth if you cannot locate the missing pieces.
Speak With Your Newport Beach, CA Dentist About Emergency Dentistry
Knowing who to contact can help reduce your discomfort during a dental emergency. To find out more about how we treat emergency dental issues, contact Dr. Hofkes at Balboa Dental Surgery at (949) 630-0143 to discuss care today.