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Dental Emergencies

Rendering of tooth on emergency kitWhen an emergency happens, including a dental emergency, your first reaction might be to panic, especially if you do not know what to do. If you are unsure of how to handle a dental emergency, you might think that you need to go straight to the emergency room. However, most dental emergencies do not require hospital care. There are even some emergencies that can be dealt with in the comfort of your own home. At Shenandoah Family Dentistry, we can help you to determine the next steps to take after a dental emergency to ensure the restoration of your oral health.

Emergency Care at Home

There are a few types of dental emergencies that can be treated right in the comfort of your own home. One of the most common emergencies includes a bitten lip, tongue, or cheek. These injuries might be painful, but they are rarely dangerous. If you are bleeding, place clean gauze over the wound and apply gentle pressure. Over the counter pain, relievers and ice packs can help in the event of pain and swelling.

You can also sometimes treat a toothache at home. While often indicative of an infection, sometimes a toothache can occur because you have something stuck between your teeth. Before you call the office, gently and thoroughly brush and floss our teeth and rinse your mouth with a salt water solution. If you do not see anything, or your pain persists, then you should schedule an appointment.

Emergency Care in Our Office

We can provide care for many different types of dental emergencies, helping you to avoid an unnecessary trip to the ER. Emergencies we can treat include:
•  Toothaches. A toothache often indicates an infection. We can diagnose the infection and treat it with a root canal.
•  Damaged teeth. A damaged tooth may be weak and susceptible to further harm. It may also be vulnerable to infection. Damaged teeth can typically be treated with a crown.
•  Dislodged teeth. A dislodged tooth is one that is partially knocked out but remaining in your jaw. Do not attempt to reset a displaced tooth by yourself. We can set the tooth back properly and secure it with a splint.
•  Tooth intrusion. This is a tooth that has been pushed deeper into the socket. Intrusion is more common in children, who have softer, more malleable jawbones. Again, do not attempt to reset the tooth on your own.
•  Tooth avulsion. Avulsion occurs when the tooth is completely knocked out. In many cases, it is possible to reseat the tooth back into the socket. First, find the tooth and rinse it under cool water. Store the tooth in a jar of milk or salt water until your appointment. If we can, we will replant the tooth and secure it with a splint. If we cannot replant it, we will discuss your options for replacement.

How Do I Know if I Need to Go to the Emergency Room?

There are some instances in which a visit to the emergency room is necessary. You should go straight to the ER if:
•  You are bleeding heavily, or you have been bleeding for more than 15 minutes.
•  You are in excruciating pain that cannot be controlled.
•  You are experiencing excessive swelling.
•  You think you may have broken your jaw.
Dental emergencies can be scary, but knowing how to deal with them can make them easier to deal with. If you have suffered a dental emergency and are unsure of what to do next, call Shenandoah Family Dentistry at (540) 667-8731 right away.
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