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What to Do in a Dental Emergency


Experiencing any type of emergency, including a dental emergency, can be scary. In your panic, you might not know what to do. This could lead to unnecessary, and expensive, trip to the emergency room. Few dental emergencies warrant a trip to the hospital. Many can be treated in the dental office. If you have experienced a dental emergency, Anchorage Dental Associates can help.

Types of Dental Emergencies


There are several different types of dental emergencies. We can help to provide care and treatment for a wide array of different emergencies including
•  Toothaches, which can indicate an infection inside the tooth.
•  Chipped or cracked teeth. Even if the chip or crack seems minor, it is essential that you seek dental care as soon as possible.
•  Tooth displacement. This is when the tooth has been knocked deeper into its socket, or it has been partially dislodged.
•  Missing or damaged dental restorations such as fillings or crowns.
•  Ill-fitting dentures.
•  Tooth avulsion. This is when the tooth has been knocked completely out of its socket.

What Happens if I Knock Out a Tooth?


If you have knocked out a tooth, the first thing to do is not panic. In many cases, the tooth can be successfully replanted. After you find the tooth, rinse it off under water. Take care to only handle the tooth by the crown. Store the tooth in a jar of milk or salt water until your appointment. If the tooth can be replanted, it is secured using a splint, which aids in holding the tooth in position until your periodontal ligament and jawbone have healed. If the tooth cannot be replanted, we can discuss your options for tooth replacement.

Taking Care at Home


There are a few things that you can do while you wait until your appointment. If you have suffered a chipped or cracked tooth, rinse your mouth out with warm water. If you are bleeding, place a piece of moistened gauze over the affected area and apply gentle pressure. For pain and swelling, over the counter pain relievers and ice packs can be helpful.

When to Head to the Hospital


While there are many dental emergencies that we can handle in our office, there are some instances in which you should head straight to the emergency room. These cases include
•  Bleeding that lasts longer than 15 minutes.
•  Extreme pain or swelling.
•  You suspect your jaw is broken.

Preventing Dental Emergencies


There are actions that you can take to prevent dental emergencies from occurring. Tips for preventing dental emergencies include
•  Routine dental visits twice a year.
•  Completing recommended dental treatments. Many dental issues only tend to worsen over time. The earlier you complete necessary treatment, the easier it is. Early treatment also helps to prevent more significant complications later.
•  Brush and floss your teeth every day.
•  Avoid biting and chewing on foods that are exceptionally hard, including popcorn kernels and ice. You should also avoid habits like biting on your nails or pen and do not use your teeth as tools.

If you have experienced a dental emergency, the first thing to keep in mind does not panic. If you are uncertain of what you should do, we can help. Call Anchorage Dental Associates today at (907) 885-3666 for more information or to schedule your emergency appointment.

Anchorage Dental Associates's accepts Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, United Concordia Dental, Delta Dental, Aetna, Moba Health, Cigna, Tricare and Medicaid insurance providers

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