Summer Dental Emergencies Are Real!

  • July 31, 2016

Hello and welcome to another July edition of the Aventura Dental Center blog!

We hope that you have been having fun all summer long! But not too much fun! Spending your afternoons at the pool and your evenings at cookouts can actually be dangerous activities.

That’s because a dental emergency can happen when you least expect it (falling on the wet concrete or coming up too close to the side of the pool, for example). You will want to be prepared so as not to make a bad situation even worse.

So, what are you supposed to do when a dental emergency strikes? Honestly, it depends on the situation. Every dental emergency is unique, there can be no catch-all plan for handling them in the same way.

Fortunately dental emergencies are seldom life-threatening in the way that other medical emergencies can be. Still, they can be life-altering (and not in a good way) if not handled appropriately and quickly.

If you are unsure whether you have a dental emergency or not, you’re not alone. Many people don’t want to bother a dentist if it’s not really an emergency, but we would much rather hear from you. That said, here are some situations that definitely count as dental emergencies:

Dislodged Tooth

Tooth loss can happen at work, in a car crash, by the pool, basically anywhere.

Here’s the deal: wherever it happens, losing a tooth will be a painful, scary, and traumatic experience. But try to hold it together! We can not stress enough that your reaction time is crucial when attempting to save a dislodged tooth.

If you are able to locate the tooth, pick it up by the crown rather than the root, lightly rinse it off and place the tooth in milk. Then, head to our office as quickly as you can.

In the event that we can not save your tooth, we will move forward with dental implants or other treatment solutions that make sense for you.

Chipped Tooth

In the summertime, there are so many things that can cause you to a chip or even break a tooth. You can fall at the pool, use your teeth as tools at a cookout, etc. Biting into popcorn, candy, rib bones, or ice can cause real damage too.

Old fillings can also wear out and cause a piece of your tooth to break off while you are in the midst of chewing something tasty.

Never ignore the problem, no matter how it happens, and even if there isn’t any pain present. That’s because when you chip or break a tooth, you can expose the dentin and dental pulp, putting yourself at risk for a root canal or worse. Let us know and we will do what we can to get you back on track.

Bites

If you accidentally bite your tongue, lips, or any other part of your mouth, it will certainly hurt, but you may not need to come in unless it is really bad.

Start by calmly working on cleaning the area that you cut and securing some sort of ice pack or cold compress. In most instances, the bleeding will stop before too long.

Let Us Help!

We know how stressful any emergency situation can be, and we are here to help you get through it as easily and painlessly as possible.

To address an emergency situation, or schedule a routine check up, contact us today online or by calling 786-681-1127 immediately. If you call outside of our business hours, please leave a message, and a member of our team will get back in touch with you as soon as possible.

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