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3 Steps to Take in a Dental Emergency

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Dental emergencies come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: you need relief, and you need it now!

It can be hard to think straight when you are in the middle of an emergency, but depending on the situation, there are critical actions you can take to protect your oral health. Your Orland Park dentist is sharing three steps you can take to protect your oral health and keep you comfortable until you can get into our office to see us.

Common Emergencies and How to Handle Them

  • Dental Pain – This is the most common emergency and needs to be dealt with right away. Toothaches are not normal, and they always indicate that something serious is happening that needs to be addressed. Try an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen and place a cold compress on and off your face for 20-minute intervals.
  • Broken Tooth – It’s pretty disconcerting to hold broken pieces of your tooth in your hand! If you break a tooth, gather up all the pieces and keep them in a safe place until you get to your dentist office. The solution depends on the extent of the damage, but it is always best to make an appointment immediately for the best outcomes.
  • Knocked-Out Tooth – This is a critical emergency because there is a small window of time in which the tooth can be replaced successfully. Call your dentist immediately. Handle the tooth by the crown and do not touch the root. Keeping the root moist is essential, so place the tooth in a glass of warm milk, water, or even saliva until you get to your dentist’s office.

Please note that if you have suffered an injury to your face or jaw or if you experience excessive bleeding, call 911 or go immediately to the emergency room

If you have an emergency, please call Orland Oaks Dental, and we will get you in to see us as quickly as possible.