You’re always careful – you drive below the speed limit, you exercise to prevent future health problems, and you don’t smoke. But no matter how diligent you are, accidents can happen to the best of us. And when they happen to your teeth, you need an oral healthcare professional you can trust. Get to know Dr. Lonnie Guardiola from Smile Studio of Wylie before a dental emergency happens, and follow these first aid tips if you experience an urgent situation.
Why Is It Important To Have An Emergency Dentist?
When an accident happens, you might think the best place to go for treatment is the emergency room. But, as a Texas native with years of experience, Dr. Guardiola knows that only dentists can perform dentistry – and often, the hospital does not have a dentist on call, or even on staff with them at all. Many times, patients will go to the ER and not receive the care they need.
It’s also important to get to know your emergency dentist in Wylie before an accident happens because it makes dealing with urgent situations easier. Dental problems can be stressful – and in times of tension, it’s better to work with someone you already know and have a relationship with.
What First Aid Tips Can I Use For Common Dental Emergencies?
If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call us at (972) 442-3028 to get the care you need. In the meantime, follow the first aid tips below for the most common urgent oral problems:
- Knocked-Out Tooth – Whether it happens because of an accident or existing oral health issues, losing a tooth is generally one of the more startling dental problems – so stay calm. Pick the tooth up by the crown (the part you chew with) and rinse it off with water. Then, place the tooth back in the socket. If you’re unable to do this, put the tooth in a glass of milk. Either way, call us immediately.
- Toothache – Although toothaches can seem like they’re not that serious, they can lead to major health issues and even death. If you’re experiencing pain, make sure nothing is lodged between your teeth and floss gently in the area. Rinse with warm salt water – and call us right away to prevent developing a serious oral infection.
- Cracks/Breaks– If your tooth cracks or breaks, don’t panic. Collect any broken pieces and store them in a glass of milk. Then, contact our office immediately. Even if your tooth remains in your mouth, you should still seek treatment right away to prevent those dangerous infections we mentioned before.
- Soft-Tissue Injuries – Because of the amount of circulation that flows to your face, trauma to the soft tissues here can be alarming due to the amount of blood involved. If you cut or tear your lips, cheeks, or tongue, rinse with warm salt water. Then, apply a piece of sterile gauze that’s been moistened in the salt water to the area, or use a wet tea bag instead. Contact our office ASAP or go to the ER if the bleeding does not stop in 15-20 minutes.
- Jaw Injury – If you have a fall or are in an accident and experiencing jaw pain, go to the ER immediately. Once you’re treated in the emergency room, follow up with us for any missing or broken teeth, and let us know if you’re still experiencing pain or swelling. The ER can often miss diagnosing a broken jaw, but will Dr. Guardiola will be able to find and treat the underlying cause.
We’re always here for you when accidents happen, but we’d much rather get to know you under better circumstances – so schedule your appointment with Dr. Lonnie Guardiola at Smile Studio of Wylie today.