What to do During a Dental Emergency

What to do During a Dental Emergency

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Dental emergencies can be extremely painful and scary if you aren’t sure what to do. Taking the right steps can save your smile and eliminate discomfort as quickly as possible.

Save Your Broken Tooth
If your tooth is broken, try to locate the missing piece of tooth structure when at all possible. Place it into a cup filled with milk or saline (like contact solution) and bring it with you. If you can get access to emergency dental care within an hour, there’s a chance that the broken piece or avulsed tooth can be put back into place. Be sure not to try to clean the tooth section off yourself, as this can damage small fibers that aid in reattachment. We’ll do the cleaning for you!

Take an Anti-Inflammatory Medication
Anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen can reduce swelling and thereby the discomfort that some emergencies may cause. Although these may provide momentary pain relief, your body is still trying to tell you that something is wrong – so call us as quickly as possible.

Apply a Cold or Warm Compress
Alternating cold and warm compresses can help you alleviate swelling and discomfort caused by infection. It is a great way to improve momentary discomfort, but professional care should still be sought immediately.

Call Our Las Vegas Dental Office
We’ll get you in as quickly as possible, helping you alleviate your pain and giving you as many options available when it comes to repairing your smile. Whether it’s an abscessed tooth or a dental filling, we have several different Special Offers that meet your budget and your aesthetic needs. Call us today.

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