May 6, 2015
If we could expect the unexpected, then nothing would be unexpected. There would be no need for emergency rooms, and ambulance drivers would be out of business. But the unexpected does happen. That is why we need emergency care sometimes.
At the office of Thomas J. Feder, DDS, PC, we know not everything can be planned out and scheduled. That is why our office in Belleville, IL offers same day emergency appointments. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, then we will see you immediately and treat your issue before complications develop.
Even though there is no way to anticipate an emergency, you can be prepared. Just like you should keep a first-aid kit handy, you should also keep a dental emergency kit, that way you can treat your dental problem right away to minimize damage and pain that might occur before you get to our office.
Types of Emergencies
There are several different events that could bring you into our office on short notice. If you are experiencing any of the following, stay calm and call us immediately.
A sudden and severe toothache could be the sign of a serious dental issue. Assuming your tooth wasn’t injured, a toothache could be caused by an infection in your tooth. If the enamel of your tooth has become eroded, the soft pulp in the center could be exposed to decay, which could cause an infection.
The fact that you are experiencing pain is actually a good sign because it means your tooth is still alive, but it is imperative that you seek help right away. The longer you wait the more damage can be done to your tooth. Waiting too long could cause you to lose your tooth, and even worse, the infection can spread and cause serious illness. If your toothache is accompanied by intense swelling, bleeding, and fever, you should go straight to the ER, as your health could be at serious risk.
Broken or Knocked Out Tooth
Summer is nearly here, so you will likely be spending some time running around and having fun outside soon. Unfortunately, summer fun often leads to accidents, and accidents often lead to missing teeth.
If you experience this type of tooth trauma, you need to get to our office as soon as possible. If the tooth isn’t damaged too badly, there is a good chance we can save it, and have you smiling again in no time.
Soft Tissue Damage
Injuring your soft tissue, your lips, cheeks, gums, or tongue, can be very painful, and sometimes bloody. These types of injuries may require a trip to the ER, especially if the bleeding is severe enough. If you are unsure where to go, call our office and we will send you in the right direction.
What Goes In Your Kit
You will need some sterile gauze to deal with any bleeding the may occur with your emergency. Use clean water to moisten the gauze, and then apply pressure to the injury for at least 15 minutes. If the bleeding persists, a trip to the ER may be in order.
A Small Container
Some sort of small container is useful to store knocked out or broken teeth. If you lose a tooth in an accident, make sure to wash the tooth to remove any dirt, and then place the tooth in the small container from your dental emergency kit. Cover the tooth with saliva or milk to keep it healthy.
If you end up with broken dentures, or some other oral appliance, they too can go in this small container. Don’t try to repair your dentures yourself because you could cause further damage or even injure your mouth with faulty dentures.
You are definitely going to want some pain reliever on hand. Keep some acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin) nearby to help manage any pain you may experience. If you stop experiencing pain, that does not mean you no longer need help. You still need to seek attention for whatever had running for the pain relievers to begin with.
See Us Immediately
You also need to make sure you keep a card with our office number, (618) 219-1412, on it in your dental emergency kit. That way you or anyone helping you won’t have to think about who to call. The answer will be right there.
A dental emergency kit could be the difference between saving a tooth and losing a tooth, so be sure to keep several handy in various locations.
For more information on what to do in a dental emergency, contact us today.