How to Prepare for Emergency Dental Treatment
Any injury or infection that diminishes the integrity of your oral health, making it difficult to eat, sleep, or speak, regardless of the cause, should be handled with prompt, immediate, and professional care from your emergency dentist in Wexford, PA. Every procedure starts with a thorough exam and consultation so you can express all your concerns and take an active role in your treatment.
Whenever possible, you should try to book an appointment or call the office while on your way (for cases that need urgent care) so the emergency dental team can make arrangements to reduce the waiting time, which can vary depending on the day and complexity of required treatment. You may spend between 20 and 90 minutes in the waiting area, but a comfortable environment with friendly receptionists, free WiFi, cold and hot water, magazines, and TV/music can help you relax while you wait.
How can I help myself while waiting for emergency treatment?
- If you have a knocked out permanent tooth, try placing it back in its socket carefully without touching the root. Otherwise, keep it in moist environment, like between your gums and cheek or in milk and make your way to our office as soon as possible.
- If you have a cracked or broken tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water immediately to clean the area, then put cold compresses on your face at the target area to reduce the swelling. Take ibuprofen for pain, and come to our office.
- If you have a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water and brush and floss to clean your teeth. Take some painkillers.
- For wounds on the lips, tongue, or cheek, rinse your mouth with warm water and control any bleeding using gauze.
How can I avoid dental emergencies?
Most dental problems can be avoided by exercising proper oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing and routine dental visits for professional teeth cleaning and oral examination for early detection of problems and timely treatments. Please schedule your routine dental checkup to reduce the risk of painful dental emergencies.
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Wexford, PA 15090
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