14 Dec What to Do if You Have a Dental Emergency during the Holidays
The holidays are all fun and games until someone has a dental emergency during the middle of Dirty Santa. Renew Dental is closed from December 21 until January 7 to spend time with our families and loved ones during the holidays but we’ve got plenty of advice on what to do in case the worst happens.
When to Treat Yourself at Home
In most instances, you’ll still need to see your dentist as soon as possible but minor emergencies like a toothache can be treated at home until you can get an appointment. For a toothache, rinse the mouth and tooth with warm water to clean it and try taking over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen or aspirin to help ease the pain. Do not rub aspirin directly to the aching tooth as it can burn away your gum line. If you accidentally bite your lip or tongue, simply rinse with warm water and apply a cold compress to stop inflammation and quicken healing time.
If a cavity filling comes out during the holidays, you can find an over-the-counter temporary filling kit at any pharmacy or big box store like Walmart that will work until you can get to the dentist. You can also try this method using an OTC tooth adhesive or cement to replace a crown that has fallen out if the crown is not lost or broken.
When to Call for Help
One of the worst dental injuries that can occur is a knocked out tooth. If this happens, do not try to clean the tooth with water. Instead, rinse it with your own saliva or milk and try to place it back in the mouth within 30 minutes for the best chance at preserving the tooth. Then, call our office to find out what to do next.
If you develop a tooth abscess or experience swelling anywhere around your tooth, gums, or jawline, you need to seek immediate help. An abscess is a very serious infection that can spread to other parts of your body and result in extreme sickness and even death. Swelling is also usually an indication of infection that can be as serious as an abscess. Don’t wait to get help or try to treat the pain alone. Go to your nearest emergency room and schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
Although we will be closed for the holidays, we want to make sure our patients are taken care of while we are away from the office. If you have an emergency requiring medical attention, go to your nearest emergency room. You can also call our office and be directed to our emergency line and one of our staff members will return your call as soon as possible. Thank you for being part of the Renew Dental family and have a wonderful holiday season!