Help! I Have a Dental Emergency…What Do I Do?
Maybe you’re playing with your cousin’s child on Christmas Day and he knocks his head into yours and knocks out your front tooth. Or one night while tossing pistachios back by the handful, you accidentally chomp down on a shell and crack a tooth. Ouch! What next?
A sudden, unexpected toothache or injury is never welcome and usually occurs at inconvenient times, like during a holiday, or late at night, or worse, when traveling and away from home. Well, not to worry–if you are in the Redmond, Washington area or nearby, Dr. Bickel and his team at Redmond Art of Dentistry offer emergency family dental care and same day dentistry. We’ll take care of you!
What is Emergency Dentistry?
Emergency dental care is the preferred option when you need immediate relief of dental pain and to avoid further injury or pain.
Common Types of Dental Emergencies
If you are in any dental pain Dr. Bickel recommends making a call to our dental office, where gentle dental care may be all you need to get back on your feet and smiling in no time. Some of the most common common dental injuries we see are cases of a knocked out tooth, toothache, chipped tooth or broken tooth. If you are in dental pain, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
When To Know If It’s A Dental Emergency
Although a chipped tooth or dislodged crown may feel different from patient to patient, if you have the following symptoms of tooth damage or mouth pain, make a call to your local dentist for emergency dentistry:
- Sudden inflammation in the mouth or gums
- Swelling, redness or painful gums
- Moderate to intense dental pain
- Increased tooth sensitivity or jaw pain
What Should I Do If I Have A Cracked Tooth, or Knocked Out Tooth?
Stay calm, and follow these steps. You’ll be back to your smile in no time.
Knocked Out Tooth: If there are any debris on the tooth, rinse with warm water. Place the tooth into a cup of milk and contact the dentist office immediately for an appointment. In their rush to be seen, many people forget to take their tooth with them, so…remember to take it with you!
Cracked Tooth: Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the affected area, and then apply a cold pack to reduce swelling. Again, call the dental office at once!
Tooth Pain or Sudden Increased Tooth Sensitivity: Make an appointment immediately and your dentist will evaluate you. It may be that a root canal is necessary, an object is caught between the teeth, or you may have a cavity.
Preventative Dentistry With Dr. Bickel
There are some dental emergencies that can be avoided. Don’t, of course, use your teeth as tools to open packages, cut tape, or crack nuts. Drink water often to flush out the mouth and help your saliva neutralize acids left behind by food and drink, especially the sugary treats and alcohols commonly consumed over the holidays!
Redmond Art of Dentistry in Washington
If you do find yourself in our office for emergency dental care, you’ll be in good hands. We offer sedation dentistry if you have dental anxiety or prefer not to be awake during a dental restoration! We are proud to serve Redmond as your local family dentist, whether it’s for emergency dentistry or preventative dental care. We like to keep our patients smiling!