Emergencies can be scary. Dental emergencies are no different. When issues arise, it is easy to panic. The first instinct is often to head to the local emergency room. While scary, many dental emergencies do not require hospital care. Most dental emergencies can be treated right in the office. There are even some that can easily be treated at home. At Winning Smile Dental Group, we can help you determine what the best course of action is.
Handling Emergencies at Home
While experiencing a dental emergency an be frightening, there are actually many that can be taken care of right in your own home. One such type of injury is bites to the lip, tongue, or cheeks. They can be painful, but they are not often dangerous. If you are experiencing pain and swelling, over the counter pain relievers or an ice pack can be used. If you are bleeding, place a damp piece of gauze over the wound and apply gentle pressure. If the bleeding is excessive, or persists longer than 15 minutes, then you should seek medical attention.
Some toothaches can also be handled at home as well. While toothaches are often a sign of an infection, they can also be caused by food lodged between your teeth. If you are experiencing a toothache, thoroughly brush and floss your teeth, and rinse with salt water. If nothing comes out, or you are experiencing other symptoms of an infection, call our office immediately.
Emergency Dentistry in Our Office
We can treat a wide variety of different dental emergencies in our office. Emergencies we treat include:
Going to the ER
There are some situations in which it is best to head straight to the emergency room for medical care. These situations include:
When a dental emergency happens, it is important to remain calm. If you have any questions or concerns, or are unsure of where to go in the event of a dental emergency, call Winning Smile Dental Group today at (224) 307-4977.