March 31, 2020
Just because you’re self-isolating doesn’t mean that you can’t experience a dental emergency. In fact, most urgent situations happen in-home anyways. If you’re working out to get your blood flowing without going somewhere public, it’s easy to be doing burpees in your living room and accidentally chip or crack a tooth on your coffee table. In these types of situations, it’s important to have the number of your emergency dentist available. Read on to learn how to tell if a dental situation is serious and how to handle the problem in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
What are the Most Common Dental Emergencies?
Every patient is different, but there are a handful of common dental emergencies that patients typically experience. Depending on the severity of the damage, you may be able to wait a few days before visiting your emergency dentist; however, it’s best to react immediately if you experience any of the following emergencies:
- Chipped, broken, cracked, or fractured tooth
- Knocked-out permanent tooth
- Severe toothache that won’t seem to go away
- Broken or damaged restoration that’s impacting your ability to properly eat
- Pimple-like bump on the gums or a numb tooth
- Dental trauma that has caused an area of your mouth to bleed excessively
- Severe tooth sensitivity
If you’re on the fence about whether you should visit your emergency dentist, you can always contact their office, let them know your symptoms, and get their opinion on whether your issue requires urgent treatment.
What Should You do if You Have a Dental Emergency?
Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has caused countless businesses across the country to close their doors to prevent the spread of the virus, emergency dentists are still offering their services. This way, local ERs don’t become overwhelmed with the amount of patients seeking urgent care on top of the infection crisis.
If you find yourself in the midst of any type of dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact your professional right away. Often times, these serious situations only get worse the longer they’re left untreated, which is why it’s important to have your mouth examined as soon as possible. If you’re experiencing any cold-like symptoms that could be connected to COVID-19, be sure to let your dentist know so they can take the proper steps to protect themselves, their staff, and their other patients.
What are Some First-Aid Tips For Home Care?
While you’re waiting for your appointment, there are some ways you can help ease your pain and prevent any further damage from occurring. Here are some at-home care tips for your convenience:
- Minimize swelling by placing a cold compress on the area for 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off.
- Use ibuprofen to address any dental pain.
- Avoid eating on the side of your mouth that is damaged.
- Rinse with a salt water solution to dislodge any debris and clean the area.
Even though you may think that your emergency dentist is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, be sure to double-check, because most practices are continuing to offer their patients urgent treatment. Timely intervention from a professional could be the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
About the Author
Dr. C.J. Landry has nearly 30 years of dental experience. He has diagnosed and treated thousands of emergency patients throughout the years, allowing him to quickly and effectively conduct his emergency dental appointments so his patients don’t have to wait in pain. He has also completed thousands of hours of advanced education courses in a variety of topics, including root canals, orthodontics, and prosthetics. For questions or to schedule an emergency appointment, visit Lapalco Family Dental’s website or call 504-348-0080.
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