At Arlington Dental Associates, we know that accidents can happen at any time of the day or night. We also know that those accidents may sometimes require emergency dental care.
Some injuries may require immediate medical care which means a visit to your local emergency room, but there are others that can be handled at your dentist’s office during their normal business hours.
Following are some guidelines to help you determine whether a visit to the emergency room or urgent care clinic is needed or if you can manage the symptoms until your dentist can be reached.
If so, this is something that can normally wait to be seen during your dentist’s normal business hours. Until that time, you can use warm water to rinse your mouth and a cold pack on the outside of your mouth to help alleviate any discomfort. It’s also okay for you to take an over-the-counter pain remedy.
You should first make sure that all pieces of the broken or chipped tooth have been removed from your mouth by rinsing your mouth. If there is minor bleeding, you can use a gauze pad or cotton ball to help stop the bleeding. Whichever you use, keep it applied for about 10 minutes. If the bleeding has stopped, you’re probably okay to wait until your dentist can see you. If the bleeding continues, you should probably head to urgent care or an emergency room.
If the answer is yes, you should immediately apply an icepack to the affected area to help reduce pain and swelling. If you’ve actually lost a tooth, try to recover it and place it back in its socket until you’re able to get to the dentist or the emergency room.
Not to worry, porcelain veneers can easily be reattached to the tooth. Just remember to bring it with you when you come to your dental appointment.
Arlington Dental Associates can handle any number of dental emergencies when they happen in Arlington. Contact us now to learn more.