Dental emergency? Lethbridge dentist Dr. Lachman can help. Call COOL DENTAL now!
By their very nature, emergencies crop up when you least expect them. That’s why it’s a good idea to do a little advance planning and be ‘ready to act’ when one does occur.
Whether it’s a fire escape plan for your house, an emergency response plan at work, or simply a first aid protocol you’ve studied, studies show people are better able to cope with emergencies if they’ve got a practiced plan in place.
What constitutes a dental emergency?
Dental emergencies can be caused by a multitude of circumstances such as, accidents, sports-related injuries, tooth decay and infection.
We recommend seeking dental treatment if you have:
- An injury to your mouth, jaw or teeth
- Pain that cannot be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication
- Heavy bleeding
- Substantial swelling in your mouth, face or neck
Left untreated, dental emergencies can turn into bigger issues such as:
- Infection that spreads to other parts of your mouth or body
- Tooth loss
- Intense pain
Your dental emergency response plan
When a dental emergency occurs, contact Lethbridge dentist Dr. Lachman at Cool Dental as soon as possible. In most cases, the sooner you seek treatment, the better.
If the dental emergency occurs during office hours, Dr. Lachman and his staff will try to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
After hours? Here’s what to do:
- Take an over-the-counter pain medicine
- Use an ice pack held against your face at the spot of the sore tooth to reduce pain or swelling
- Don’t try to use heat to relieve the pain. In most cases it will make things worse, instead of better
A chipped or broken tooth:
A broken tooth can almost always be saved. Use over-the-counter pain medicine, if it hurts. To repair your tooth and restore it’s health, Dr. Lachman may:
- Use a white filling or dental bonding
- Perform a root canal if the break is more serious
- Cover it with a crown
A knocked out tooth:
If the tooth that has been knocked out is a permanent one, Dr. Lachman may be able to put it back in, but you have to act fast.
- If it’s clean enough, put the tooth back it its socket. If it isn’t, or if there is a danger of it being swallowed, put it in a glass of cold milk
- See Dr. Lachman, right away. If you can get dental treatment within 10 minutes, there is a fair chance the tooth will take root. If Dr. Lachman is not available, head to the emergency room.
A badly bitten lip or tongue:
- Use pressure to stop any bleeding
- Ice can help keep any swelling down
- If the bleeding doesn’t stop, or if it’s heavy, go straight to the emergency room at the hospital
Something stuck between your teeth:
- Try using dental floss or a toothpick to gently remove it
- Never use sharp objects, such as pins or tack to try and poke it out. You could cut your gums or scratch your tooth
- If you can’t remove the object with floss or a toothpick, call Dr. Lachman for help
- If it’s after hours and you are in a lot of pain, go to emergency
Use softened, sugarless chewing gum to fill the hole in the short term. See Lethbridge dentist Dr. Lachman as soon as possible.
We’re here to help
Dental emergency? (Lethbridge) Dr. Lachman is usually able to accommodate emergency treatment appointments during office hours. If a serious accident or injury occurs after hours, please seek help at the emergency room at the hospital.