How To Handle A Dental Emergency

Nobody ever wants to have a dental emergency, but it’s essential to have a plan for them if an emergency happens. If you’re a resident of the Southern Maine region, Gentle Dental Maine is here for you in an emergency! It doesn’t matter if you’re a current patient with us or not – we’ll be here to help with your dental emergency either way! Our emergency dentists specialize in creating caring, safe and comprehensive plans that will get you the best possible care! If you’re in the midst of a dental emergency, contact us right away! In this article, we’ll go over the steps you should take during a dental emergency!

Stay Calm

One of the most important things you can do during a dental emergency is to stay calm so you can take the steps necessary to rectify the situation. Some of the most common dental emergencies include losing or chipping an adult tooth. In this case, you should pick up the lost tooth, rinse it off, then insert it back into its proper place in your mouth. If you’re unable to re-insert the tooth into its socket, the next best option is to place it in a glass of milk. Do NOT place the tooth in water, as this can cause the cells on the root to swell and burst. If your mouth is bleeding, you should hold a piece of clean cloth or gauze over the source of the bleeding for at least 15 minutes.

Call An Emergency Dentist

Once you’ve completed the steps listed above, you should call an emergency dentist in your area as soon as possible. Calling your dentist ahead will allow your dentist to walk you through how to handle the emergency, as well as prepare for your arrival. If you’re located in the Southern Maine region, Gentle Dental Maine provides emergency dental care at each of our locations in South Portland, Biddeford, and Topsham! Call now at any one of our locations, and we’ll get you in as soon as possible!

Be Prepared For Emergencies

One of the best ways to be prepared for a dental emergency at all times is to keep the appropriate supplies in your house. Set up a first aid kit that includes over-the-counter pain relievers, gauze, and other essentials. Other everyday household items can also be used in dental emergencies, like warm salt water to clean the mouth and a cold compress to reduce pain and swelling.

Contact Gentle Dental Maine!

If you have any questions about emergency dental care or are in the midst of an emergency, please don’t hesitate to contact us! Call us today at any one of our offices, or if you’re not yet a patient with us, please fill out the new patient form on our website!