What to Do in a Dental Emergency

One of the first steps in managing a dental emergency is to determine whether it’s a true emergency or a situation you can address at home. Some of the most common issues that affect patients can be treated right away with items you have nearby, followed by an appointment with Dr. Shen when possible. When in doubt, it’s always best to contact our office for more information on the best approach for your situation.

“I lost some teeth due to an accident, and they took me in on a saturday night. The doctor already left the office a few hours prior, but she came back and preformed surgery for me. The staff are so kinda and welcoming! They were very caring, and helped my feel comfortable before going into surgery.”
Amanda Y.

How to Treat a Dental Concern at Home

Some concerns can be addressed from home. In other cases, you may be able to reduce pain or limit damage with a few simple steps before seeking professional assistance. Our friendly and knowledgeable team has outlined some of the initial steps you can take for the following common issues:

What Emergency Dental Services Do You Offer?

Once your situation is assessed, our dedicated team can help craft a restorative treatment plan to help bring your oral structures back into health and comfortable function. We offer an extensive range of emergency dental services to aid you in your time of need. Our dentists will speak with you about the best options for your needs and goals, and they may include one or more of the following options:

How to Prevent a Dental Emergency

Many dental emergencies occur as a result of “user error,” or when a patient makes a careless mistake. To help limit the possibility of a dental emergency happening, we recommend:

  • Wearing a mouthguard when participating in sports and recreational activities—Many avoidable injuries happen in athletics or when skateboarding, biking, and playing in other ways without a mouthguard.
  • Never using your teeth as tools—Teeth should not be used to open containers or cut items. Teeth should only be used for eating, so make sure you use scissors or a bottle opener to avoid chips, cracks, and other forms of damage.
  • Practicing good oral care habits—The best way to avoid decay and tooth pain is to maintain excellent oral health. Brush twice daily, floss once daily, and visit your dentist as recommended for routine checkups.

For more information about emergency treatment, please visit our website dedicated to our emergency dentistry services mountainviewemergencydentist.com or contact our office. Our friendly and knowledgeable team is happy to answer questions and to help you schedule a consultation with Dr. Shen.*

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