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What to Do If You Have a Dental Emergency in Seattle
Whether they’re caused by accidental falls and slips, contact sports, or recreational activities – like skateboarding – dental emergencies are very common. In fact, more than 5 million Americans lose a tooth each year due to sports related activities.
A serious dental injury can be very traumatic, painful, and tough to deal with. To minimize your chances of infection or severe pain after a dental injury, you must take proper action and seek emergency dentistry services immediately.
Wondering what you should do if you are faced with a dental emergency? Whether it’s a chipped or cracked tooth, severe toothache, or a knocked out tooth, we’ve got you covered!
Remain Calm – Your Injury Is Likely Treatable!
If you have a dental emergency, you must stay calm. Modern emergency dentistry practices can take care of almost any dental emergency, no matter the severity. According to our Seattle emergency dentists, follow these steps to maximize your likelihood of preserving your tooth.
Knocked Out Teeth (Dental Avulsion)
If one or more of your teeth has been knocked out from its socket (avulsed), rinse off the tooth with warm water – no soap – and attempt to replace it into the socket, where it will stay moist.
If you cannot reinsert your tooth, place it in a small bag with a saline solution or milk to keep the tooth from drying out until you can reach an emergency dentist. It’s best to seek a dentist within 12 hours of this type of injury.
Cracked or Broken Tooth
A cracked, broken, or chipped tooth is extremely painful and dangerous, especially if the vulnerable nerve pulp of the tooth is left exposed.
Avoid eating and drinking with a cracked or broken tooth; chewing can further damage your tooth, and cause severe pain. In addition, exposed nerve pulp can be very sensitive to both hot and cold liquids.
A sterile bandage or gauze should be used to stop any bleeding, and a dentist should be seen preferably within 12 hours of the injury.
Loose teeth are a serious emergency. If left untreated, a loose tooth can result in a severe toothache and infection, risking total loss of the tooth altogether.
If the tooth is still relatively secure in the socket, simply avoid touching it with your tongue or chewing on it until you can reach emergency dental care. If the tooth is very loose, you may also hold it in place using a sterile bandage.
Tooth intrusion occurs when a tooth is driven back into the gums and jawbone with great force. Though it’s often seen in contact sports, it’s a rare dental emergency overall.
Tooth intrusion is a very serious issue that can lead to the loss of both gum and tooth tissue. Again, it’s recommended to visit an emergency dental care practice within 12 hours of this type of injury.
Deal with the Pain
The pain caused by most dental emergencies can be quite severe, and it’s tough to relieve it with over-the-counter medication. However, Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen can help to reduce swelling and mitigate some pain.
Ice can also be helpful if there is any soft tissue damage but it should only be applied externally; never apply ice directly to the injured site.
NOTE: Do not use Aspirin to treat dental injuries, either topically or orally. Aspirin is a blood thinner and anticoagulant, and can lead to severe bleeding.
See Your Emergency Dentist as Soon as You Can
After you’ve taken the appropriate action following your injury and you’ve attempted to reduce any pain, it’s critical that you see an emergency dentist, like Dr. Tuanh Smith or Dr. Martin of Aurora Dental Care.
Aurora Dental Care specializes in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, and offers a wide variety of emergency dentistry services. The team of Seattle emergency dentists and hygienists specialize in taking great care of you, especially during emergency situations.
With flexible hours, decades of experience, and a friendly, patient-focused approach, Aurora Dental Care is the best place for emergency dentistry in Seattle!
Whether you’re in Greenwood or Northgate, contact us today if you’ve suffered a dental injury. We’d be happy to schedule an emergency appointment, and see you as soon as possible! Call us at (206) 729-0273, or visit us at 10314 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133.