Do You Know What To Do For A Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies usually involve pain, but at the very least, they’re uncomfortable. Whether it’s excruciating or just slightly annoying, you want the problem to be taken care of immediately. But what to do if you experience a dental emergency? First, it’s important to keep your cool. Don’t panic. Accidents happen. Just keep some of these tips in mind.

Secondly, call your dentist immediately. If you don’t have a family dentist, Dr. Perlaza at Sherman Oaks Dentistry can help. If it’s during office hours, give us a call at 818-784-0763. Remember to go to the emergency room if it’s after hours and you are bleeding profusely.

What if I crack my tooth?

Did you accidently crack one of your teeth? If so, immediately rinse your mouth with warm water. Apply a cold compress on the face to keep any swelling down. Call us as soon as possible.

What do I do if I knock out my tooth?

It’s important to keep a tooth moist at all times. You can do the old milk trick or you can place the tooth in between your cheek and gums. Then, get to your dentist’s office right away.

How can I avoid a dental emergency?

There are a number of safety measures you can take to avoid dental emergencies:

  • Do not chew popcorn kernels, ice, or hard candy.
  • Use scissors, never your teeth, to cut things.
  • Wear a mouthguard when participating in sports or recreational activities.

Most importantly, make sure to visit your dentist every 6 months if you want to avoid any sort of emergency linked to your teeth. Dr. Perlaza at Sherman Oaks Dentistry is always taking new patients. Feel free to visit our website for more information.