The 411: Dental Emergencies

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If there was a medical or physical emergency, there is one number you’ve probably known to call since you were a young child. On the other end of the line would be a professional who could calmly help you handle the situation. But do you know how to handle a dental emergency?

Knowing what to do before any urgent situation arises can help you in times of crisis when time could be of utmost importance. With that in mind, Dr. Michael Taylor would like to provide the following directions for different dental emergencies:

– If a tooth gets knocked out, you can hold it by its crown and rinse the root gently if it is dirty. DO NOT scrub or remove any tissue that is attached to it. Instead, you can put it in a glass of milk and bring it with you to our doctor.
– For a toothache, you can try rinsing your mouth with warm water and gently flossing. If it persists, you should come and see us.
– If a tooth breaks, clean your mouth with warm water. You can use ice to reduce any swelling, and you should come and see us as soon as you can.
– If a tongue or lip is bitten, you can gently clean it with a cloth and some ice. If the bleeding hasn’t stopped after a short time, or is heavy, you should seek immediate medical attention.
– If you are traveling when a dental emergency occurs, you can ask a local emergency room for a dental referral. If you are out of the country, you can ask the U.S. Embassy or your hotel’s personnel for a referral.

If you have a dental emergency, or would like to make an appointment at Blue Ridge Dentistry, please call 828-264-3333. We are proud to help those in and around Boone, North Carolina, with their dental concerns.