Emergencies can be scary. Dental emergencies are no different. When an emergency happens, it is easy to panic and want to drive straight to your nearest emergency room. The truth, however, is that most dental emergencies do not require hospital care. Most emergencies can be handled right here at Mark A. Coussens, DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. There are even some emergencies that can be handled from the comfort of your own home. We have the experience and expertise necessary to help you deal with a variety of dental emergencies, restoring the health of your mouth, with emergency care.
Taking Care of Emergencies at Home
Emergencies are scary; there is no doubt about that. However, there are some emergencies that are not that serious and can be treated right from your own home. Once such emergency is when you bite your lip, tongue, or cheek. While painful, these common injuries are rarely dangerous. If the injury causes bleeding, place a piece of moistened gauze over it and apply gentle pressure. Any swelling or pain you can be managed with an over the counter pain reliever or an ice pack wrapped in a towel.
If your bleeding lasts for more than 15 minutes, then you should seek emergency treatment at the ER. Another common issue that can sometimes be handled at home is a toothache. In many instances, a toothache can indicate an infection, but sometimes, it is simply caused by a piece of food or other obstruction stuck between your teeth.
Before you call the office, brush and floss your teeth thoroughly, but gently. Then rinse your mouth with a salt water solution. If you are unable to dislodge anything, or you notice other symptoms that point toward an infection, call us right away.
How We Can Help
We have the experience and expertise to treat a wide array of different dental emergencies in our office. Common emergencies we treat include:
When to Go to the ER
Even though we provide numerous emergency services, there are some instances in which it is best to head straight to the ER. Such situations include:
If you, or someone in your family, experience a dental emergency, it is important that you do not panic. For more information, and to schedule your emergency appointment, call Mark A. Coussens, DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today at (503) 567-4121.