As one might expect from an emergency, they have a tendency to come at incredibly inconvenient times. Experiencing a dental emergency during the holidays is incredibly inconvenient, especially since many medical offices are closed so your providers can spend time with their families. So what do you do when a dental emergency crops up while those you rely on to handle them are away on vacation? Fortunately for you, there is a selection of steps you can take to tide you over, depending on the nature of your emergency.
Have You Lost A Tooth?
If you’ve had a tooth get cracked, or worse, completely dislodged, it’s important that you act quickly to protect it. In this case, you’re going to need to find a dental office that still has staff available, but not before you put your dislodged tooth in milk or a saline solution. If the tooth has merely been cracked or damaged, then a warm rinse or cold compress will be your best bet at finding relief until you can get to the dentist. Make sure you bring any parts of your tooth that have been broken or dislodged with you. They can’t replace the broken bits if you don’t have them with you.
Suffering From Severe Toothache?
There is an extensive list of concerns that can lead to toothache pain, including infections, cavities, and sinus infections. When you’re experiencing pain from a toothache, make sure to start by rinsing your mouth out with warm water and taking a mild painkiller. Whatever you do, do not apply aspirin powder directly to the broken tooth. This can cause the delicate tissue to become damaged and cause even more pain, or make it more complicated for your dentist to treat it. Whatever you do, avoid the “it’s just a toothache” attitude. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that it needs help; make sure you get it the help that it needs.
Lost A Filling Or Crown?
This is one of the least emergent cases but can still be profoundly uncomfortable. The first thing you need to do if a crown or filling becomes dislodged is reach out to your dental office for an appointment. A few days can pass, and you won’t be much more worse for the wear, but you will almost certainly experience heightened levels of sensitivity to temperature changes. Beeswax or orthodontic wax can be used to cover the hole where the filling was, while toothpaste can hold a missing crown in place.
Want to know how to prepare for other dental emergencies this holiday season? Reach out to Glow Dental NYC to find out what steps you can take to deal with the most common dental concerns while your dentist is out of the office. Dr. Alina Huang knows that patient education is a great way to improve the dental care they provide and help patients take the right steps to preserve their oral health when emergencies call. We look forward to greeting you at our offices in New York, NY, and welcoming you to our patient family.