When to Call an Emergency Dentist in Culver City:
It’s not uncommon for people to wonder whether their situation constitutes as a dental emergency. The first rule of assessing a dental situation is to follow this most basic rule: If it hurts, it can be considered an emergency, and warrants a phone call to your dental provider. The problem that arises most often is that a dental issue doesn’t always hurt- and that can make it quite challenging when wondering whether to wait it out or call your dentist. We’d like to clear up some of the ‘gray-area’ situations that can come about during the course of the day so you’ll be better able to make an informed decision with regard to a phone call to an emergency dentist in Culver City.
A tooth that is knocked out is a dental emergency, whether or not it’s accompanied by pain. You can do your part to increase the likelihood that the tooth can be put back in place again by keeping the tooth moist. Try to put the tooth back into its socket if at all possible, taking care that it’s facing the right direction. If you find this not to be possible, gently cover the tooth in milk and bring it to your dental visit- time is of the essence. If nothing else, keep the tooth in your mouth between your cheek and gums.
Chipped and cracked teeth are also emergencies, and can cause damage to the lips due to being sharp or jagged. Place a call to our office at Century Smile to let us know you’ve cracked or broken a tooth and we’ll do everything we can to free up a time slot so that you can be seen at our practice. Protect your lips from cuts or lacerations by the broken tooth while you wait to be seen.
Toothaches can be excruciatingly painful and should be seen as quickly as possible to keep the situation from escalating to the point that you need pain medication. Use warm salt water to rinse out the mouth and allow the salted water to pool around the affected tooth, if possible, to keep infection at bay.
A soft tissue injury inside of the mouth should be kept clean with a warm salt water rinse. If you experience a puncture, tear or laceration to any soft tissue inside of your mouth, assess the injury to see whether you’re able to stop the bleeding. If not, a visit to the ER will be in your best interest.
You can be prepared for a dental emergency by keeping our phone number in a handy location, such as in your family’s phone book. Make sure your first aid kit includes a handkerchief, gauze, a small, plastic container with a spill-proof lid, and Ibuprofen. Call our office at Century Smile if you need to see an emergency dentist in Culver City. We make time in our everyday schedule to care for patients with urgent dental needs.Emergency Dentist Culver City
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