While you may be familiar with how to handle your general dentistry needs,
knowing what to do in the case of a dental emergency can be critical.
If you’re dealing with a dental issue that requires emergency care,
then follow these steps:
Step #1: Stop any bleeding.
If your dental care emergency involves bleeding, taking care of this first
is a must. To help staunch the flow of blood, place a piece of clean gauze
against the site and then apply pressure. If the bleeding persists for
more than 20 minutes despite applying pressure, then
seek immediate assistance at an emergency room.
Step #2: Locate your tooth.
If your dental emergency involves a broken tooth, then find the pieces
that were broken and carefully rinse off any debris. Next, store the tooth
fragments in a container of milk, water, or saliva and take them with
you to the dentist. If an entire tooth is knocked out, place the tooth
in a cup of water to rinse off any debris, and do not touch or remove
any part of the tooth’s root. Then, carefully place the tooth back
in its socket and head to the dentist. If the tooth does not go back in
easily, then tuck it between your teeth and gums. If it is a child that
has lost a tooth, store it in the same way you would a tooth fragment
and bring it with you to the dental office.
Step #3: See your dentist.
At this point, you should call your dentist right away to learn if they
can see you and treat your emergency. If your dentist does not offer emergency
services, then they should be able to provide you with a phone number
for an office that does. Finally, if you feel it’s necessary, visit
an emergency room for treatment.
Eagle Falls Dentistry offers emergency dental services in addition to general
dentistry. If you need emergency
dental care near Bloomingdale, IL, then please call us at (630) 894-5992. Our other
My Dentist office, Associated Dental Care, is located on Bloomington Road.