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Dealing With Dental Emergencies
Woodland, CA

Sign for emergency dentistry at Beautiful Smiles in Woodland, CAIf you have never suffered a dental emergency, consider yourself lucky. If you should suffer one, however, you should know what to do. The actions you take immediately following the emergency could mean the difference between a minor repair and one that is very serious, resulting in permanent loss of your tooth or worse!

The Knocked Out Tooth

The most crucial thing to remember about a knocked out tooth is how to preserve it, especially if you are dealing with a permanent tooth. The key is to keep it moist. Before you pick it up, however, make sure that you can do so from the top of the tooth, not the bottom as you could touch and damage the roots. If you can easily put the tooth back in the socket, do so. If not, place it in your mouth, between your cheek and gums. If that makes you uneasy, you can also store it in a glass of milk.

The Cracked Tooth

A cracked tooth is not as serious as a knocked out tooth, but it still requires an emergency dental visit. As soon as you are able, rinse your mouth out with warm water. You should rinse until you can no longer see blood. Once your mouth is clean, apply a clean, cold compress to the area to limit the amount of swelling that occurs as well as the amount of pain you suffer.

Call us if You Have a Dental Emergency

If you are having an emergency and require immediate assistance, call 911. However, if your dental emergency does not require immediate medical assistance, you should call us at (530) 206-9211 and get to our Woodland, CA dental office as soon as possible.
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Dealing with Dental Emergencies

Frequently Asked Questions

Dental emergencies often occur suddenly, causing pain and discomfort. Recognizing dental emergencies and taking swift action is vital for minimizing pain and safeguarding oral health.

What is considered a dental emergency?

Common dental emergencies encompass toothaches, knocked-out teeth, chipped or broken teeth, dental abscesses, and excessive bleeding. Urgent action helps prevent further damage and complications. Swift professional care ensures appropriate pain management and addresses underlying issues, improving treatment outcomes. Make sure to have our practice's contact information readily available in case of a dental emergency.

While accidents happen, preventive measures can minimize their occurrence. Establishing healthy habits and avoiding detrimental ones significantly reduces the likelihood of dental emergencies.

For instance, refrain from chewing ice or hard objects, as they can crack or damage teeth. Likewise, avoid using teeth as tools for opening packages. Employing safety gear during contact sports or physical activities is advisable to prevent dental injuries.

How do I know if my situation is a dental emergency?

A proficient emergency dentist can offer treatment, potentially saving the affected tooth. However, knowing how to handle a dental emergency beforehand is crucial.

You may have a dental emergency if you experience severe pain, swelling, bleeding that won't stop, trauma to the teeth or mouth, or if you have a loose or knocked-out tooth. Additionally, any condition causing significant discomfort or impairing normal oral function warrants prompt attention from a dental professional.

What should I do if I knock out a tooth?

When a tooth gets knocked out, prompt action is necessary for successful re-implantation:
•  Handle the tooth by its crown, avoiding contact with roots.
•  Rinse the tooth gently with milk or saline solution if dirty.
•  Attempt to reinsert the tooth into its socket or store it in milk or saliva.
•  Seek immediate dental care.

I have a severe toothache. What should I do?

While awaiting professional care, manage pain with these tips:
•  Use over-the-counter pain relievers as directed.
•  Apply a cold compress intermittently to the affected area.
•  Avoid hot or cold foods that worsen sensitivity.
•  Practice gentle oral hygiene with a soft toothbrush.

Chipped or broken teeth can cause pain and require immediate attention to prevent further damage:
•  Rinse the mouth with warm water.
•  Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling.
•  Save any broken pieces and seek prompt dental attention.

Dental pain stemming from trauma warrants immediate action:
•  Rinse the mouth with warm water to remove debris.
•  Use dental floss to gently dislodge trapped objects.
•  Apply a cold compress and take pain relievers.
•  Schedule an emergency dental appointment.

To address a dental abscess, follow these steps:
•  Rinse the mouth with warm saltwater.
•  Apply a cold compress and take pain relievers.
•  Seek immediate dental care for drainage and treatment.

Knowing how to respond to dental emergencies promptly is crucial for preserving oral health and preventing complications. Seek professional care without delay, as timely intervention significantly impacts treatment success and recovery.

For dental emergencies, please call our office at (530) 206-9211.
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