When faced with an emergency, it is easy to panic, especially when you do not know what to do. Dental emergencies are no different. If you do not know what to do, you might rush off to the emergency room. The truth, however, is that most dental emergencies do not require emergency medical care. In some cases, you may be able to treat an emergency from the comfort of your own home. When you are faced with a dental emergency, The Dentists at North Cypress is here to help.
Treating Emergencies at Home
There are some dental emergencies that can be treated at home without professional care. One of these emergencies is a bitten lip, tongue, or cheek. These injuries can be painful, but they are rarely dangerous. If you are bleeding, place a piece of moistened gauze over the wound and apply gentle pressure. Change the gauze as needed. If you are experiencing pain, over the counter pain relievers or an ice pack can help. Typically, these injuries should heal in just a few days. If bleeding is very heavy or lasts longer than 15 minutes, then you should seek care at an emergency room.
Another emergency that can sometimes be treated at home is a toothache. This type of pain can indicate an infection, but it can also simply indicate that something is stuck between your teeth. First, carefully brush and floss your teeth and rinse your mouth out with a salt water solution. If nothing is removed, the toothache persists, or you notice other symptoms of an infection, call to schedule an appointment right away.
Emergency Care in the Office
We can provide care for some different types of dental emergencies. When faced with an emergency, call the office right away to schedule your appointment. We will do our best to get you seen right away. Common issues we can treat in the office include:
When Should I Go to the Emergency Room?
In some cases, emergency medical care may be necessary, and you should go straight to the emergency room. These situations include:
Getting the right treatment right away can help to prevent serious issues from developing following a dental emergency. If you have suffered a dental emergency, and are unsure of what you need to do next, call The Dentists at North Cypress today at (281) 664-8100.
We are here for you.
If you just have a question, or want to schedule an appointment call us today at (281) 664-8100.