Dental emergencies can be scary. When you suffer a dental emergency and do not know what to do, you might rush off to the emergency room. The truth, however, is that many dental emergencies do not require hospital care. At North Atlanta Family Dentistry, we can treat a variety of different dental emergencies right here in our office. Some dental emergencies can even be taken care of in the comfort of your own home. If you have suffered a dental emergency, we can help to determine the best course of action to ensure that your injuries are treated properly, and your oral health is restored.
Emergency Care at Home
While many dental emergencies can seem scary at the time, there are some that can easily be cared for right from the comfort of your own home. If you are experiencing a toothache, carefully and thoroughly brush and floss your teeth. You may simply have something stuck between your teeth. Also, take a look inside your mouth or ask someone else for help. Look at the tooth causing you pain as best as you can for signs of damage or decay. Also look at your gums for signs of an infection, such as redness or swelling. If you are still experiencing pain, even after brushing and flossing, or you find signs of an infection, call to schedule an appointment right away.
A common dental emergency is a bitten tongue, lip, or cheek. While they can be painful, these issues are rarely serious. If you are bleeding, place a piece of clean, moistened gauze over the wound to help stop it. For pain, over the counter pain relievers and ice packs can help. If your bleeding is severe or does not stop after 15 minutes, then you should go to the emergency room.
Facial trauma is a term that refers to a wide variety of different injuries that affect your face and mouth. It includes injuries to soft tissues, bones, and teeth. Any facial injuries, no matter how minor they seem at the time, need to be addressed right away. North Atlanta Family Dentistry can help.
Emergency Care in the Office
There are many dental emergencies that do require professional treatment, but this does not necessarily mean a trip to the emergency room. We can handle many types of emergencies right here. Common emergencies we can treat include:
When You Should Go to the ER
While we can provide treatment for many different types of emergencies, there are some situations in which you may be recommended to go straight to the emergency room. These situations include:
With prompt emergency care, the health of your mouth can be restored and protected, and serious issues can be prevented. If you have suffered a dental emergency and are unsure of what to do, give North Atlanta Family Dentistry a call at (470) 387-0500 right away.