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Dental Emergency Thoughts

January 30, 2011

AT LAKE OCONEE DENTISTRY, WE CARE ABOUT EVERY aspect of your oral health. We know, that no matter how well we keep up our daily routine, sometimes accidents happen. It’s a fact. Although many dental emergencies cannot be planned, taking care of them the right way can.

Although it may seem like a minor thing to you, a dental injury to your teeth or gums should not be ignored as it can be potentially serious—with risks of more permanent damage, or more extensive (and expensive) repair down the road. Drs. Bradley and Boswell want you to stay safe and comfortable with all your oral care.

To help you through the unexpected dental moments, here are a few basic points to remember:

Toothache?

Rinse with warm water and be sure nothing is lodged. If you can see something lodged, try using dental floss. Never use anything sharp to dislodge it. Apply an ice pack if needed to reduce the swelling, and call us as soon as possible. We should probably take a look to see exactly what is causing your pain.

Chipped & Broken Tooth?

Although it may sound sorta gross, save the pieces of the tooth if you can. Apply gauze pressure if you’re bleeding. See us as soon as you can.

A Knocked Out Tooth?

As with a chipped tooth, saving it is important. Remember that the sooner you come see us the better.

A Dislodged Tooth?

Apply a cold compress to help if there’s pain. Take over-the-counter pain relievers as needed. Call us, and get in here to see us right away.

Lose A Filling?

Believe it or not, as a temporary measure until you can get in here to see us, you can stick a piece of sugarless chewing gum into the hole. Then, call us!

Lost A Crown?

Come in as soon as possible and be sure to bring the crown. In the meantime, slip the crown back in if you can, or use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area.

Broken Braces Wires?

If the wire sticks out and is poking you (ouch), first try using the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire into a comfortable position. If you can’t do that, cover it with orthodontic wax or a piece of gauze until you can see us or your orthodontist. Don’t try to cut the wire yourself, doing so could cause further damage to your mouth or braces.
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Hey, be careful out there.At Lake Oconee Dental we want to remind everyone to wear a mouthguard to help prevent injuries!

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