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By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
April 09, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Emergency  

Would you know what to do if a dental emergency happened to you?

We know that a dental emergency was never something you thought you or your child would have to deal with, but unfortunately, it happens more often than we would like; however, it doesn’t have to be scary if you know what actions to take to protect your smile. From the office of our Jacksonville, FL, family dentist Dr. Selena Marchan, here are the most common dental emergencies and what you should do if they happen to you or someone you love,

A Toothache

That’s right, a simple toothache is considered a dental emergency. That’s because a toothache can be a sign of a cavity, infection or injury (e.g. cracked tooth). Unfortunately, this isn’t a problem that will fix itself so if someone in your family is dealing with a toothache it’s time to see our Jacksonville, FL, dentist right away. In the meantime,

  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to ease inflammation and pain
  • Take an anti-inflammatory medication to alleviate pain and swelling
  • Apply a topical anesthetic like Lidocaine to the gums around the tooth
  • Call our office

Dental Trauma

Dental trauma includes any injury to a tooth that results in problems such as chips, cracks and breaks, as well as dislodged or knocked out teeth. While the best thing you can do, especially for a knocked-out tooth, is to see your dentist immediately (we can often reattach the tooth if you come in within 30 minutes of the incident for treatment), here are some other tips to keep in mind,

  • If you are bleeding, apply pressure to the area with a clean compress to stop the bleeding.
  • If a permanent tooth is knocked out, find the tooth, rinse it in cold water (gently!) and then either try to place it back into the socket or hold it between the gums and your cheek and call our office.
  • Always handle a tooth by the crown. Never touch the roots!
  • If your tooth is chipped or cracked, it’s also important to collect the pieces and bring them with you to our office.

While COVID19 has put a stop to all non-essential, non-emergency dentistry it’s important to know that our Jacksonville, FL dentist is here for your family during true urgent and emergency medical needs. Call or text us at (904) 221-5678. In the meantime, stay safe and be well, and we will see you in May.

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