BE PREPARED FOR A DENTAL EMERGENCY
There are some things you can do to be prepared for a dental emergency; always have Groove Dental’s phone number handy. Keep an emergency kit nearby when you are away from home. A dental emergency kit should include: a handkerchief or cloth that can be used as a tourniquet to stop bleeding, some sterile gauze that can be used to apply pressure to an injury site, and, ibuprofen for its anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties. Do not give ASA (Aspirin) to anyone for pain relief for a wound. ASA is an anticoagulant which can block blood clots from forming, potentially causing excessive bleeding.
A small container with a tight lid can also be helpful in the event a tooth comes out; place the lost tooth in the container with a small amount of water, saliva, or milk and get both the tooth and patient to an emergency dentist as soon as possible.
SEE YOUR DENTIST ASAP
Occasionally, an oral trauma causes damage to the root or the internal structures of a tooth, but no bleeding or obvious trauma can be seen. Waiting to see the dentist after any mouth injury can result in more complex damage to your oral health. Cuts, punctures, or tears in the mouth area should be cleaned right away and any bleeding stopped using gentle pressure to the affected area. An ice pack or cold compress on the injury site can help reduce swelling and slow bleeding that may occur. If you are not sure if a dental injury you or a family member has suffered is an emergency, contact us, we can help you determine what, and if, urgent treatment is necessary.
When you call Edmonton's Groove Dental with a dental emergency, we will do our best to see you as soon as possible, often the same day. If you are unable to see us the same day, ask us about the best options for temporary pain relief until your full treatment can be performed. In the mean time, try to rest and relax as much as possible before your dental emergency can be treated. Take care to avoid hot or cold foods and drinks, and avoid chewing in the area of the injury to help minimize the discomfort experienced. All dental services provided by a general dentist.
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