What To Do During a Dental Emergency

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What To Do During a Dental Emergency

Accidents happen, and these accidents are the primary cause of dental emergencies. Dental emergencies can include chipping and knocking out teeth or loosening one still attached to the gum. Regardless of the situation, however, these emergencies are often frightening as your mind races through what to do.

By taking some vital precautions before engaging in potentially dangerous activities, you can drastically reduce the possibility of teeth damage. Safety measures like wearing helmets and mouthguards can protect your smile, but something as simple as being aware of the vulnerable nature of your teeth can go a long way toward ensuring their longevity.  

san diego dentistWhile we always encourage you to take steps to guard your teeth beforehand, even the most cautious person can find themselves in the middle of a dental emergency. By knowing your next moves beforehand, you can help mitigate that danger to yourself and protect your smile as much as possible.

#1 Breathe

A calm and steady heartbeat is one of the first things to go during an emergency, and it’s not uncommon for people to forget the fundamental act of breathing when faced with such a crisis. This is exceptional unfortunate for dental emergencies as the strain of the injury may cause you to clamp up or avoid breathing through your mouth out of fear of causing more damage. However, staying calm is necessary for protecting your teeth, and deep breathing can help you to do so.

#2 Take Stock of the Situation

We tend to avoid acknowledging things that cause us distress. It’s one of the primary reasons people avoid the dentist in the first place; they’re afraid of the news they’ll receive. During a dental emergency, it’s vital that you fight back this urge and honestly evaluate what has happened. Did you chip the tooth? How much? Has the tooth been knocked out? Is it loose? If a tooth has been lost, do your best to save and preserve it as it can be used by the dentist to best assess the damage and how to proceed forward.

#3 Prepare for the Dentist

Dentists understand that dental emergencies happen, and they’re prepared for such moments. Don’t worry about if you have an appointment. By calling beforehand, you can help prepare the dentist for your arrival and give yourself the best option of receiving the care you need as soon as possible. The more details you can explain about what happened and the current state you’re in, the better.

#4 Keep Perspective

As much as you wish you could take back the accident that caused the emergency, there are options available to you no matter what’s happened. Teeth can be replaced, whether it is a whole tooth or just a piece, and with modern innovation, these teeth can look exactly like your original, natural set. The team at McBride Dental is experienced in such emergencies and can help you to rebuild your smile after an accident. Your smile is a part of who you are, and we’re here to help it shine.


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