What to Do in A Dental Emergency During COVID-19

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In many ways, our lives have been put on hold. In many other ways, our lives are continuously changing. COVID-19 has put a stop to many jobs, events, and daily routines. Maybe your days are filling with lots of Netflix shows and popcorn or extra time with your little ones. While this time is certainly difficult, these are the things we can be thankful for.

Unfortunately, a dental emergency can quickly turn your day upside down. You may chip a tooth on a popcorn kernel or lose one while throwing the ball with your son. You may experience a sudden excruciating toothache. Whatever happens, an emergency dentist is prepared to help.

If you live in the Atlanta, GA area, don’t hesitate to contact our dental practice during an emergency.

Here are the most common emergency dental situations, their causes, and treatments:

1.    Toothache

The causes, severity, and symptoms associated with your toothache will determine the treatment you need. Toothaches arise for a variety of issues, including:

  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Dental misalignment
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Tooth fractures
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay

Before contacting an emergency dentist, try gently cleaning around the tooth, using a saltwater rinse, or any of these ways to relieve tooth pain.

If your toothache is accompanied by facial swelling, bumps on the gums, or a high fever, contact your emergency dentist immediately.

2.    Knocked-Out Tooth

If your tooth is knocked out, don’t count it as lost just yet. Follow these three steps, then contact your dentist to learn what to do next.

  • Hold it by the crown, not the root.
  • Rinse the tooth off.
  • Reinsert the tooth if possible.
  • If not, place it into a cup of milk or water.

3.    Cracked Tooth

Chipped and cracked teeth can also be considered a dental emergency. However, the severity and location of the injury will determine if immediate dental care is necessary.

In some cases, a cracked or chipped tooth can leave deep cracks that damage the tooth’s root or pulp chamber. This is extremely painful and leaves the tooth more vulnerable to disease and infection.

If your tooth is noticeably damaged or if you are experiencing severe pain after a dental injury, contact your emergency dentist for instructions.

4.    Loose Crown

A temporary dental crown is much more likely to become loose than a permanent one, though it does happen. The most important thing to do is to make sure you don’t swallow or lose the crown.

Use Vaseline to attempt to stick it back onto your tooth and be gentle with that side of your mouth. Call your dentist to learn if you need emergency dental care.

5.    Abscessed Tooth

An abscessed or infected tooth usually requires immediate attention. Seek emergency dental care if you experience a combination of any of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Dental sensitivity
  • Persistent tooth pain
  • Facial swelling
  • Tender lymph nodes
  • Pimple-like bumps on gums

Keep Your Mouth Safe

Not every dental emergency can be avoided, but there are certainly ways to reduce your risk of dental problems. In addition to maintaining good oral hygiene, avoid activities and foods that may damage your teeth. These include:

  • Hard candy
  • Popcorn
  • Using your teeth to open things
  • Sports that involve hard, flying objects
  • Chewing ice

As always, our dentist, Dr. Richard L. Rodgers is prepared to help you during a dental emergency. If you’re experiencing any of these dental problems, call our office today at 404-577-6620.

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