Lacey Emergency Dentistry
You probably know just what to do if you have a broken arm. You would go to the emergency room or contact emergency services right away. What if your emergency is oral health related? Some patients say they would wait until the dental office was open to call or even wait until their next dental appointment, and others say they would still go to the emergency room. At Peterson & Cammack Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we have a better option – call our Lacey dental team. In most cases, we can see patients experiencing an emergency on the same day they call us. If we can’t see you right away, one of our knowledgeable team members will walk you through how to care for your smile until you reach our office.
What Situations are Considered Emergencies?
If you think it’s necessary for us to see you right away, we trust your opinion! Even if we determine that you don’t need to be seen immediately, it’s always best to start repairing damaged smiles as soon as possible, so please don’t hesitate to call. When you call our office during a dental emergency, we can help you assess your situation and start planning to fully repair your smile. Some of those situations that we treat most often as emergencies include the following:
- Broken teeth or dental restorations
- Lost teeth or dental restorations
- Broken or bent partials and full dentures
- Severe toothache or dental sensitivity
- Signs of infection in the gums and soft tissue
- Foreign items stuck between teeth
- Soft tissue lacerations
What Should I do During a Dental Emergency?
The first thing you should do is call the Lacey dentist and dentistry team at Peterson & Cammack Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. One of our knowledgeable team members will be happy to walk you through first aid and pain management steps over the phone. Some basics you can keep in mind include:
- Use cool water to rinse out your mouth and clean off any knocked out teeth or parts of teeth. Don’t rub, scrub, or apply oral hygiene products unless you are specifically instructed to do so.
- Apply gentle pressure using gauze or clean cloth to slow any bleeding.
- If you have a tooth knocked out, attempt to replace the tooth in the socket. If that’s not possible, store the knocked out tooth in a container of water or milk until you reach our office.
- Use ice packs at 20 minute intervals (20 on and 20 off) to slow bleeding, relieve pain, and prevent swelling.
- Take over the counter pain relievers as directed, but don’t apply them directly to the damaged area.
Can I Prevent Emergencies?
In many cases, dental emergencies can’t be avoided. Even the most careful patients can experience dental damage and tooth decay. There are some things you can do to minimize your risk to experience dental emergencies, including:
- Brush twice a day and floss at least once each day
- Visit our office twice a year for dentistry services
- Avoid using teeth as tools to open packages or crack nuts
- Don’t chew on hard objects like ice, fingernails, or pen caps
- Wear protective mouthguards during sports events and to avoid damage caused by nighttime teeth grinding and clenching
- Stop tobacco use of all kinds