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Tips To Help You Stay Calm In A Dental Emergency

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If you are having a dental emergency such as a lost tooth or one that’s cracked, call our Racine, WI dental office immediately at 262-417-7326 for an emergency appointment. Dental emergencies are normally seen the same day that you call, and if you call after our office is closed, you’ll hear a special after-hours number to call for help. When you have a dental emergency, our Racine dentists are here for you.

3 Tips For Any Dental Emergency

While you cannot predict every emergency — they wouldn’t be emergencies if you could — here are three tips that can help you react and stay calm with almost any dental emergency.

Create a dental emergency kit for your home

A first aid kit helps when you have a medical emergency, so a dental kit can help with dental emergencies. Start by getting a container and labeling it “Dental Emergencies.” Then gather the following items and place them inside:

  • Sterile gauze
  • Dental cement (found in most drugstores)
  • Plastic gloves
  • A small container with a tight lid
  • Non-aspirin pain relievers

If you are bleeding, stop it or visit the ER

Injuries or accidents to your mouth can leave you with damaged teeth, but they can also cut your lips, gums, and cheek. If this happens and you are bleeding, your first priority is to stop the bleeding by applying pressure to the cut. If the bleeding won’t stop, visit your local emergency room.

Put our Racine, WI number in your phone today

The last thing you need during a confusing dental emergency is to fumble around looking for our phone number. That’s why you should create a new contact in your phone called “Dental Emergencies” and put in our number (262-417-7326). This way, an emergency appointment is just one button away.

Specific Dental Emergency Tips

Here are some tips for how to better handle specific dental emergencies. Remember, the more you know about how to deal with them, the calmer you will be when they happen.

DAMAGED TOOTH

If you get a chipped or cracked tooth, use some non-aspirin pain relievers and cold packs to manage any pain or swelling. Then call our Racine dentists and explain what happened. Even if you are not in pain, there could be damage inside the tooth you can’t see or feel yet.

LOOSE TOOTH

Do your best to leave the tooth alone. If you test to see just how loose it is, that could be the pressure that makes the tooth come out completely. Call us at 262-417-7326 to get an emergency appointment the same day that you call.

KNOCKED-OUT TOOTH

If you can, pick up the tooth from its top and gently rinse it in water. Then try putting it back in. If that won’t work, put it in a small container with enough water or milk to cover it entirely. Then call North Bay Dental for an emergency appointment. Be sure to bring the tooth with you. It might not be able to save it, but bringing it can help.

LOST FILLING OR DENTAL CROWN

This is where dental cement comes in handy. (You can usually find it in drugstores.) If you lost a filling, use dental cement as directed to create a temporary filling. If you lost a dental crown, the same dental cement can be used as a temporary adhesive, allowing you to stick the dental crown back where it belongs. In either case, call our Racine dentists for an emergency appointment as soon as you can.

BAD TOOTHACHE

If you have a toothache that is getting too strong to handle, call our Racine, WI dental office and tell us what’s going on. Tooth pain can be caused by sensitivity to temperature or pressure, but it can also be caused by a cavity or infection.

No matter what kind of dental emergency you have, you need to call our Racine dentists at 262-417-7326 as soon as possible.

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