The best way to avoid dental emergencies is to stick to a good oral hygiene routine. Be sure to brush at least twice per day and floss daily. You should also take time to address any issues related to gum disease, cavities, abscesses, and other conditions that can cause a dental emergency. You’ll also want to avoid very hard or sticky foods to prevent damage to fillings, crowns, and other dental appliances.
There are a few types of dental emergencies that require immediate attention. In most instances, these conditions are dangerous or painful and potentially both. Some situations that are emergencies include an abscessed tooth, crack or broken tooth, a knocked out tooth, or a filling or crown coming loose or coming out. You may also be in an accident or have a fall that traumatizes the teeth or gums and requires immediate dental services. Be sure your dentist offers emergency services after hours so you can get treated immediately.
If you have a dental emergency, you’ll need to call your dentist’s after-hours service, which can relay details. The dentist will call you back and tell you when they can meet you at their office for assistance. Once you arrive, the dentist will assess the situation and take measures to provide comfort and repair the damage. If they can’t fix the damage immediately, they will prescribe antibiotics and may offer pain relief until you can be seen during regular hours.
If you want to speak to a dentist about developing a good oral hygiene routine to ensure you keep your mouth healthy and problem-free, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Sanjay Dhir at Dhir Dentistry, serving San Diego, California. Call (858) 358-5801 to speak to one of our team members to learn more about our services, availability, insurance we accept, and payment options. We look forward to serving you to help you keep your smile beautiful and healthy.