Find out what issues are considered true emergencies and how we can help.
If you are dealing with a true dental emergency, it could cause permanent damage to your smile if you don’t see your Apple Valley, CA dentist, Dr. Samuel Kim, right away. Don’t ever ignore a problem with your oral health. This could end up costing you a lot of time and money to fix the problem.
Here are some of the most common dental issues and what you should do:
Tooth pain: A toothache might not seem like a big deal, but it could be a sign that there is a cavity or infection in the tooth. First you’ll want to rinse your mouth out with warm water. You can even opt for a salt-water rinse to help reduce pain and swelling.
If your mouth is swollen you can also apply a cold compress to that side of the face. You may also want to temporarily relieve pain by taking an anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen. Of course these tips are just ways to temporary relieve your symptoms. You will need to see your emergency dentist in Apple Valley right away for care.
Broken tooth: If your tooth is broken, it’s important to save as many of the pieces as possible. You’ll also want to rinse your mouth out to remove any broken pieces of your tooth. If you are bleeding, you can apply gauze to the area until the bleeding has stopped.
As you would with dental pain, you can also opt for over-the-counter pain relievers and a cold compress if you are dealing with any swelling. Then it’s time to see us right away so we can treat the tooth before it incurs further damage.
Knocked-out tooth: Find the tooth right away and always handle it by the crown and never the roots. Carefully rinse the tooth off with water if there is dirt or debris on it, and then try to place the tooth back into the socket. If this doesn’t work, put the tooth in a container of milk or water with a bit of salt and come into our Apple Valley dental office right away. Time is important when it comes to treating a knocked-out tooth. Many teeth can be saved if you seek treatment within an hour of the incident.
Broken dental restorations, broken braces, a lost filling or a partially dislodged tooth are also issues that require urgent dental care. Don’t let a dental emergency ruin your smile. Turn to the dental experts at Apple Valley Dental. Call our Apple Valley, CA office today!