A dental emergency can arise at any time of day or night, and they often happen at the most inopportune times. That’s why it’s so important to have a trusted professional like Kathy Soleimani, DDS, of Dental Aesthetics and Wellness Center in Aliso Viejo, California, when a dental emergency arises. To find out more about the available emergency dental options, call the office today.
A dental emergency is an urgent dental need that cannot wait to be treated during a normal appointment. While many types of tooth or mouth pain can wait a few days until you can make an appointment to see your dentist, a dental emergency requires more timely action.
Some of the more common dental emergencies you might encounter include:
If you experience any of these conditions, call Dental Aesthetics and Wellness Center to determine your next steps.
If you lose a tooth, it’s sometimes possible to save it if you take the right steps. The most important thing to do is to stay calm and act swiftly.
Begin by finding the tooth. If possible, place it back into its socket, rinsing it gently with warm water beforehand if it’s dirty. Bite down gently on a piece of gauze to hold the tooth into place until you can get to the office.
If you cannot place the tooth back in its socket, place it into a small container and cover it with milk. The root portion of the tooth is covered in living cells, and disrupting those cells or allowing them to dry out can make reimplantation impossible.
While some dental emergencies cannot be prevented, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of many common dental emergencies. Scheduling routine dental exams and professional cleanings are the most important preventive steps.
By coming in to see Dr. Soleimani on a regular basis you can ensure that your dental team can catch any signs of decay or gum disease in the earliest possible stages. That allows treatment to begin as soon as possible, which can make a big difference in the outcome.
If you participate in sports or athletic pursuits, you can prevent dental injuries by choosing and using the proper gear. Wear the right helmets, mouthguards, or other protective equipment advised for your activity. That is even important for activities like skateboarding, skiing, and biking.
If you grind your teeth during sleep, invest in a custom-fitted night guard. These devices fit over the surface of your teeth, protecting them from damage while you sleep.
Even when you take every precaution, dental emergencies can happen. If you encounter an urgent dental need, call the office to find the next available appointment. Online booking is also an option for less urgent needs.