With the COVID-19 pandemic, many dental offices have had to close or perform limited services. This includes Bay City Smiles. However, Dr. Daryle J. Mahnke, a dentist in Saginaw, MI, is still here to provide emergency services for his patients. So what should you do during this time if you have a dental emergency?
Handling a Dental Emergency
The first thing you should do is to call us immediately. With emergencies, we want to get you seen in the office as soon as possible. Below are common dental emergencies you might experience and how to handle them before you can be seen in our office:
Severe Tooth Pain
Tooth pain isn’t something that you should ever ignore, especially if it comes on suddenly. It can be caused by any number of reasons. These include tooth decay, an abscess, or infection. Unless you can clearly see some of the abscess or something similar, it’s hard to determine the exact cause without a dentist taking a look. Make sure you utilize over the counter pain medications to ease the pain and use a cold compress if you have any swelling.
Your first reaction to getting an adult tooth knocked out is probably panic. But it’s important that you don’t do that. Instead, focus on finding and retrieving the tooth, picking it up by the crown and avoiding any contact with the tooth root. Gently rinse off any dirt and debris, but avoid scrubbing, as it can cause damage. Place the tooth in a cup of milk or your own saliva to keep it hydrated and preserve it as long as possible.
Bring the tooth with you to your appointment. Dr. Mahnke will evaluate the tooth and see if it’s viable to be put back in the mouth. If it isn’t, you don’t have to worry. Our office has many options to replace missing teeth. Our team especially recommends dental implants, as they’re the most natural and stable form of tooth replacement. It’ll be hard to notice that it isn’t your original tooth!
Broken, Chipped, or Cracked Tooth
These dental injuries can come in a wide range. For example, a chipped tooth can be nothing more than a cosmetic issue. It’s when it’s a serious break or crack that it’s considered an emergency. A severe break or chip can expose the tooth pulp and nerves that are inside your tooth. This is very painful to you and can increase the chances of that material getting infected.
If a serious crack happens, it can cause an opening in the tooth that makes it easy for bacteria to get inside the tooth. This can lead to anything from dental cavities to more serious issues that can lead to a need for a root canal or tooth extraction. Solutions like dental crowns or porcelain veneers can help salvage your tooth.
Your Dentist in Saginaw, Michigan
If you have a dental emergency, call us immediately so we can get it taken care of. We’ll also be here for you when the pandemic is over. It’s important to get a checkup to make sure the stress of the crisis hasn’t impacted your smile. Call us or schedule an appointment online for the future!