What To Do In A Dental Emergency
Here at Rivercrest Family Dental, we could not be happier that spring has arrived and summer is right around the corner. Summer is a time when everyone is out and about, children are playing outdoors, enjoying summer sports, and families are planning and taking vacations. Nothing can ruin a fun time like a dental emergency. It always seems like an emergency happens at the absolute worst moment. Would you know what to do if you or a loved one experienced a dental emergency? We want to share some helpful tips on how to avoid an emergency and what to do if one should occur.
What is a Dental Emergency?
There are various types of dental emergencies. Some are more severe than others, so it is important to remain calm and assess the situation at hand. It can be difficult to know what would be considered an immediate visit to our office and what can be monitored at home. It is extremely important to call our office to explain the situation so we can best guide your next steps. If any of these instances occur, we will expect to see you as soon as possible:
- A knocked-out tooth
- A mouth injury that won’t stop bleeding
- Broken or damaged braces
- A significant crack or chip in a tooth
- A lost filling or crown
- A dental abscess
How to Avoid a Dental Emergency
Patients often think of a dental emergency as being trauma to the mouth, and while that is true, an emergency can come about due to a lack of dental care. For example, if you postpone or avoid your routine examination, we are not able to detect if there is a problem, such as decay. The issue will continue to progress until it becomes a serious problem.
If you or a loved one experience a dental emergency, be sure to call our office located in New Braunfels, TX as soon as possible so we can bring you into the office for an appointment. If you are dealing with a severe emergency, we recommend heading to the nearest hospital. We hope you have a safe spring and summer, and we look forward to seeing you at your next routine appointment.