Fall is a great time to live in Northern Kentucky. Oktoberfests are everywhere. The leaves are brilliant. The Bengals are decent. What more could you ask for? Safety!
You see, regardless of season, dental emergencies tend to happen when they are least anticipated. Honestly, they are NEVER really expected, are they? You might be bobbing for apples at a harvest party or rushing towards a game winning pass, when all of a sudden your world is rocked and not in a good way.
Though they can be painful and traumatic, dental emergencies are seldom life-threatening. That’s the good thing. Still they will be unsettling when you are in the heat of the moment. And if not handled quickly and correctly, you could incur permanent damage.
But that’s why Dr. McMahon is here. Our Edgewood, KY dentist’s office is equipped to provide prompt emergency services that your entire family can count on when you need it most.
To that end, today we wanted to go over some dental emergency basics so that you will know what to do without losing your cool. Keep reading and then be sure to follow up with our Northern Kentucky team to arrange for your next visit to Edgewood Dental Care.
What To Do In A Dental Emergency
There is no one-size-fits-all approach but ere are some frequently asked questions when it comes to handling a dental emergency. We hope that this list is helpful!
How Do I Take Care Of A Chipped Tooth?
You might be surprised by how often we see this situation. There are so many things that can cause you to a chip or even break a tooth. This really is an emergency because you can expose the dentin and dental pulp, putting yourself at risk for a root canal or worse. Call us right away for some professional help!
What If I Bite Myself?
Ouch! If you accidentally bite your tongue, lips, or any other part of your mouth, you will feel the pain right away. Start by cleaning the area that you cut and securing some sort of ice pack or cold compress. In most cases, the bleeding will stop pretty soon. If not, get in touch!
What If I Lose A Tooth?
This can happen at school, work, home, in traffic, a Reds game, basically anywhere. Regardless of where it happens, getting a tooth knocked out will no doubt be a painful, scary, and emotionally charged occurrence. Your reaction time is crucial when attempting to save a dislodged tooth. If you are able to locate the tooth, pick it up by the crown rather than the root, lightly rinse it off and place the tooth in milk. Then, you really need to get to our Edgewood, KY dentist’s office as quickly as you can. The goal is to save your natural tooth. If we can not save your tooth, we will move forward with dental implants or other treatment solutions that best fit your needs.
For Emergencies, Call Edgewood Dental Care
We are your partner for oral health in good times and bad! In case of a life-threatening emergency, like a blow to the head, call 911 or make your way to your nearest hospital emergency room. For dental emergencies, call us at at 859-474-7830, or come see us at 155 Barnwood Drive!