Are You Prepared for a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency can take on just about any shape and form. It can range from a nagging toothache to a broken jaw, and a true emergency is likely to catch you completely off guard. However, as alarming as an emergency can be, it is possible to survive it with your nerves and your sanity intact by taking a few steps to prepare in advance. Start by keeping the name, address, and phone number of your emergency dentist saved
• Use firm pressure and a clean cloth or gauze to control bleeding from the lips, tongue, or gums.
• For dental pain, only take the aspirin-free medications that you would normally use for a headache. Avoid using old prescription drugs, medications that belong to other people, alcohol, or aspirin tablets. If a permanent tooth is knocked out, it can be gently reinserted into the socket immediately, but it should not be washed or scrubbed, as there are very delicate connective tissues located on the root of the tooth.
• A tooth that cannot be replaced into the socket should be placed into a glass of milk and transported to the nearest dentist or emergency facility right away. A fractured or broken tooth requires immediate dental care for the best chance of saving the tooth.!
Try to stay calm during an emergency, and trust your emergency dentist to guide you through. For more tips, or for emergency dental care the same day it occurs call Dr. Philip Gallegos at 505-550-8886 to schedule a dental appointment today.