- December 23, 2015
Holiday Dental Emergencies Can Happen Fast
Hello friends! Thanks for visiting the virtual home of Holly Dental Care. We are your dentist in Holly, MI, with all the good solutions for keeping your mouth healthy and your smile looking its best.
Today we wanted to talk about some important hypothetical stuff, so please humor us.
For instance, what are you do if Grandma gets run over by a reindeer, or you trip on a strand of lights while scurrying away from under the mistletoe? Or you bite into something unexpected in your Hanukkah treat? These may sound like ridiculous scenarios, because, well, they are ridiculous.
But the truth is, emergencies can happen fast, and when a minor dental tragedy strikes your family this holiday season, you will want to be prepared.
Every emergency is as unique as it is unexpected but here are some common occurrences and what you can do, generally speaking, to allow for the best possible outcome.
As you can imagine, there are many things that lead to a chipped or broken tooth.
Getting thrown to the ground is one such thing. So too is using your teeth as an opener or tool. Please don’t ever do that–it won’t end well!
Crunching too hard on stuff like popcorn, hard candy, BBQ ribs, or even ice can also land you in a world of pain.
The danger in all these things is that, when you chip or break a tooth, you can expose the dentin and dental pulp, putting yourself at risk for a root canal or worse.
According to your situation, our team at Holly Dental Care has several treatment options that can restore your tooth to match your natural smile, if you act sooner than later.
If you accidentally bite your tongue, lips, or any other part of your mouth, you will feel the pain right away.
It is important that you stay calm and start by cleaning the area that you cut. Also secure some sort of ice pack or cold compress that you can apply. Most of the time, the bleeding will stop soon enough on its own.
When the bleeding refuses to stop, then don’t put off calling our Holly, MI dentist’s office to arrange for medical treatment.
A tooth can become dislodged at school, on the job, in the house, at the gym, essentially anywhere.
If a tooth gets knocked out, this will surely be a painful and intensely emotional experience. Always remember that your reaction time is key when attempting to save a dislodged tooth. If you are able to find the tooth, lift it by the crown rather than the root, lightly rinse it off and place the tooth in water.
After that, you will need to get to Holly Dental Care as fast as you can!
Saving your natural tooth is our primary goal. If we feel that we can not save your tooth, we will move forward with dental implants or other appropriate treatment solutions to get you back on track.
We Are Ready For Dental Emergencies
Look, we should make an important distinction here: if you think you are facing a life-threatening emergency, such as a blow to the head, call 911 or make your way to the nearest hospital/emergency room.
If your situation is strictly a dental emergency, then call the Holly Dental Care team at 877-321-1933. It might even be a good idea to save our number in your cell phone.
We set aside time every day for dental emergencies, and our ongoing commitment is to give you competent treatment as quickly as possible. To discuss an emergency situation, or to schedule a routine exam, contact us today.
We’ll be ready!