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Dealing With a Dental Emergency

8-2017-BFD-#1.jpgIn the event of a dental emergency, we should be the first call you make. Balota Family Dentistry has time set aside for emergency procedures, so we can fit you into our schedule sooner rather than later. However, we’ve had many patients ask us what constitutes a dental emergency. We hope this article will help you learn how to deal with a dental emergency until you can make an appointment to see Dr. Balota.

Types of Dental Emergencies

Below are a few of the most common examples of dental emergencies we see in our office and how you can manage them if they occur:

Knocked Out Tooth – If an adult tooth has been knocked out, this would count as a dental emergency and you should contact our office immediately. Below are a few steps you can take to improve the chances that the tooth can be saved and reinserted:

  • Pick up the tooth, making sure to avoid touching the roots of the tooth
  • Rinse the tooth with warm water, and avoid detaching any tissue remaining on the tooth
  • If possible, place the tooth back into the socket and bite down to hold it in place
  • If this isn’t possible, place the tooth in a cup of milk or a cup of the patient’s saliva
  • Contact our office immediately to make an appointment

Facial or Soft Tissue Injury – Tissue injuries can include cuts, tears, or puncture wounds on the soft tissues of the mouth including the lips, cheeks, tongue, or gums. An injury like this would constitute a dental emergency. Until you can make it to our office, try to clean the wound with warm water and stop the bleeding by applying pressure to the wound with sterile gauze or a clean cloth.

Other Types of Dental Emergencies – if you experience any dental problem that requires immediate attention to save a tooth, alleviate intense pain, or stop bleeding, it counts as a dental emergency. Additionally, a severe tooth infection could be life threatening. Please contact our office as quickly as possible.

If you believe you have a dental emergency, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Please contact Balota Family Dentistry as quickly as possible. Our dental office is located in Colorado Springs, CO.

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