You flick on the light and look at yourself in the mirror. You thought you would be able to walk to your bathroom in the morning without having to turn on any lights. You managed to trip and hit your mouth. A small trickle of blood from your lip makes you think you’re relatively ok, but then your tongue feels something strange in your mouth, or rather, it feels nothing. You look down and see one of your teeth on the floor, and your eyes go wide. What should you do in this situation? Your emergency dentist in Scarborough knows just how to handle it.
What Is A Dental Emergency?
You don’t want to call the dentist in a panic every time you feel something strange in your teeth. Most dental issues can wait for a regular appointment, but dental emergencies are different. These are situations where your teeth have sustained a significant injury and you need to get treatment fast. Some examples of a dental emergency are:
- A knocked out tooth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Lost or broken crown
- Severe toothache
The number one indicator that you are having a dental emergency is pain. If you are experiencing so much pain that you cannot focus on anything else, it is time to act quickly.
What to Do
The first thing you can do to help yourself is stay calm. Dental emergencies, just like any other, can be high-anxiety situations. You remaining calm will enable you to get the care you need more quickly. You should immediately call White Willow Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. We will advise you on what to do in the moment, as well as do our best to make an appointment with you the same day. You should keep our number in your phone so you don’t have to look it up while you are distressed. Some other things you can do is try to wash out the injured area with warm water. The greatest risk with a dental emergency does not always stem from the injury itself, but the potential for infection. Cleaning the area can help curtail this. You can also apply a cold compress to your face to help lessen the pain. If you have sustained other injuries, such as broken bones, or are bleeding excessively, you should go to your local emergency room for treatment.
We’re Here For You
We want to be there for you when you are in one of your most dire moments. Do not hesitate to call your dentist in Scarborough if you find yourself in a dental emergency. We will do our best to take care of you quickly and help you remain calm.