Emergency Dental Care: What to Ask Your Dentist
Dental emergencies happen, and it’s important to talk with your dentist about what your options are so you can be prepared. Here is a list of important questions to ask your dentist when it comes to a dental emergency.
What counts as an urgent dental emergency?
Unless you have nonstop bleeding, immense pain, or a broken or knocked-out tooth, chances are you may not need to see your dentist right away. If you are preparing for oral surgery, it is always good to ask your dentist what is and isn’t normal to expect after your procedure.
Do you offer emergency dental care after hours?
This is a simple but necessary question. Not all dental offices offer emergency care after hours, so it is important to ask your dentist whom he or she would recommend in the event that you may need emergency care in the middle of the night.
What can I do at home in case I have a dental emergency?
There are a few things you can do before you’re able to see a dentist depending on your situation. If you experience swelling and pain, for example, you may want to make a saltwater rinse to clean the affected area. If you knocked out a tooth, put the missing tooth in milk before paying a visit to your dentist to preserve it. Your dentist will be able to give you more thorough tips depending on your situation.
How can I prevent a dental emergency?
It is always important to practice good oral hygiene so that you don’t have to experience a dental emergency. Avoiding hard foods, wearing a mouthguard when playing sports, and visiting your dentist semiannually are good ways to help prevent painful and costly emergencies in the future.
Our team at Dublin Corners Dental is here to help you maintain optimal dental health and provide you with more information on how to prevent or handle dental emergencies. Contact us to schedule an appointment!