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How your dentists in Lake Havasu, Arizona can help you in an emergency
A dental emergency can happen when you least expect it. If your jaw or mouth is injured, you could have a dental emergency, but how do you know you need to visit your dentist right away? Read below to find out, and call Cosmic Kids Dentistry if you want to learn more! At Cosmic Kids Dentistry, we offer dentistry for your whole family, so if you or a member of your family experience a dental emergency, you can count on us for help when you need it.
More About Emergencies
So, how do you know you need emergency dental care? Some common reasons you should make a dental appointment right away include:
- An obvious, visible injury to your teeth, jaws, or face
- A tooth that has been displaced or knocked out completely
- Tooth pain that continues throughout the day and doesn’t go away
- Tooth pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages
- Tooth pain from a missing filling or decayed tooth
There are some easy ways you and your family can prevent a dental emergency. If you or your children play contact sports, always wear protective mouthguards (which your dentist can easily provide). Also, remember to always have everyone wear their seatbelts to prevent traumatic injury in case you are in a car accident.
Additionally, one of the easiest ways you can prevent a dental emergency is to visit your dentist for a thorough dental exam and x-rays once each year. When you come in regularly, your dentist can diagnose and treat dental issues early, before they have a chance to become major dental problems. These regular dental visits help you and your family avoid sudden, painful dental emergencies!
Concerned? Give Us a Call!
If you or your family experience a dental emergency, don’t panic—your dentist is standing by to help right when you need it. For more information about dental emergency care and additional restorative, cosmetic, and preventive services, call the dentists at Cosmic Kids Dentistry in Lake Havasu, Arizona today! (928) 855-7717
For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.
Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.
If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.
If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.
When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.
When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment.Â Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.
And as for Noah Galloway:Â In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!
If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”