Our team provides emergency dentistry to help repair damaged teeth and ease the sources of your discomfort. Treatment then preserves your smile and protects you from worsening discomfort. In today’s blog, your Newport Beach, CA, dentist talks about our approach to emergency dental care!
Common Examples of Dental Emergency Situations
A dental emergency refers to any sudden discomfort or injury to your teeth or gums that isn’t life-threatening, but at the same time need immediate attention to protect you from worsening discomfort or complications. Examples could include a chipped or cracked tooth, unexplained toothaches, objects stuck between the teeth, or a tooth that is knocked loose or out completely. If a filling or crown is loose or lost, or a prosthetic damaged, then this also requires immediate attention. Give our team a call right away, even outside of normal business hours, and we will contact you with a time to see you for treatment.
Steps for Easing Your Initial Discomfort
When a dental emergency happens, you can take steps to help ease your discomfort until we can see you and repair the tooth. For example, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease aches, and also use cloth or gauze to stem any bleeding. A cold compress to the side of the face could prevent facial swelling too. If a tooth is broken, bring the pieces with you if possible. If a restoration is lost or a prosthetic damaged, bring it with you to the office. When a tooth is knocked out completely, then place it in a sealed container of salt water or milk, never use unsalted water. Bring it with you to the office. If an object is stuck between teeth, only use floss to try and dislodge it. Using anything else could damage your teeth or gums.
Repairing Your Smile
Our team can often repair minor damage with bonding, often in one visit. We also have custom crowns to address more severe cases of damage too, so we can repair major cracks, chips, or breakage. We can replace compromised restorations or prosthetics, so you can enjoy a healthy and comfortable smile again. We can also discuss custom mouthguards to protect you or your child’s smile if either of you play full contact sports. With the right steps, you can help protect your smile from injury. If you have any questions about what to do in a dental emergency and immediately afterward, then contact our team today. We want to help safeguard your smile and repair any damage right away!
Do You Have Questions About Emergency Dentistry
Our team wants to offer repair to save your tooth and preserve your smile. If you have sustained a dental emergency, call Balboa Dental Surgery in Newport Beach, CA today at 949-630-0143.