Dayton Emergency Dentistry
If you or a loved one experienced a dental emergency at night or on the weekend, what would you do? Many patients say they would wait until the dental office opened and call to make an appointment. Others say they would go to their local emergency room. Both of these options are problematic. If you wait until the office opens, you may experience additional damage or increased pain. Going to the emergency room may relieve pain, but it can be costly and time consuming. Worst of all, you’ll still need to take more time to visit the dental office to fix your smile. Instead, the Rahn Dental Group team invites Dayton dentistry patients to call our team as soon as you experience an emergency. In many cases, we can offer same day dental appointments to start repairing your smile immediately. In other situations, we’ll walk you through first aid steps over the phone.
Many patients hesitate to reach out to us because they don’t feel their situation counts as an emergency. Whether or not you need immediate treatment, we always recommend you get started with restorative dentistry treatment as soon as possible to avoid additional damage, so we encourage you to call us as soon as you notice dental damage or decay. If you’re still not sure your situation “counts” as an emergency, review the following common dental emergencies:
- Damaged or broken teeth or dental restorations
- Lost teeth or dental restorations
- Broken or bent partials and dentures
- Severe toothache or dental sensitivity
- Food or debris stuck between teeth
- Soft tissue laceration
What You Should do During an Emergency
If you’re experiencing any of the above or another dental emergency, your first step should always be the same – call our team. We’ll review your emergency situation and walk you through first aid and pain management steps to keep you safe and comfortable until you reach our office. Some first aid basics you can keep in mind include:
- Clean out your mouth and clean off your tooth, dental restorations, or pieces of teeth using cool water, but do not rub or use oral hygiene products unless directed to do so.
- Use clean cloth or sterile gauze to apply pressure to slow bleeding.
- Take over the counter pain medications as directed, but don’t apply aspirin directly to the damaged tooth as this can cause additional damage.
- Use floss to remove stuck foods or other debris, but don’t use sharp objects to dislodge these items.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
Some dental emergencies can’t be avoided, but there are some steps you can take to limit your risk, including:
- Keep up with at-home oral hygiene, including brushing teeth twice a day and flossing at least once each day.
- Visit our office at least two times each year for a dental exam and teeth cleaning where we can examine your smile for warning signs of common oral health concerns and help you prevent many conditions before they begin.
- Wear mouthguards as instructed to protect teeth during sports events or from unconscious nighttime teeth grinding and clenching.
- Don’t use your teeth as tools to open packages or crack nuts.
- Stop chewing on ice, fingernails, and other hard objects.