March 11, 2020

How to Handle Small Dental Emergencies at Home During COVID-19

Filed under: Uncategorized — allheart_dental @ 8:43 pm

Woman holding hand to her face thinking about dental emergenciesTo slow the spread of the coronavirus, non-essential businesses have been temporarily closed and people are being asked to stay at home. Most dental practices are keeping their offices as germ-free as possible so they can continue to accept emergency appointments. However, there are some situations you can manage at home until you can see your dentist after quarantine. Here’s how to handle dental emergencies while keeping yourself safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Handling Non-Urgent Emergencies at Home

Dental emergencies should always be looked at by your dentist as soon as possible. However, if you are not in severe pain or in danger of losing a tooth, it can typically wait to be treated. To keep yourself and your loved ones safe from COVID-19, you can treat these small scary situations in quarantine:

  • Lost filling or small chip or crack in tooth: To protect the exposed sensitive parts of your tooth from damage or infection, you can cover them with a piece of wet, sugarless gum.
  • Dull, nagging toothache: This is often the result of grinding your teeth at night. Try eating something crunchy or placing a warm compress on your jaw to relax the muscles before bed.
  • Inflamed, tender, or easily bleeding gums: These are symptoms of a bacterial infection known as gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. Be sure to brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day, floss all your teeth daily, and rinse with antiseptic mouthwash or saltwater regularly.

Dental Emergencies That Need Urgent Professional Care

Sometimes immediate care from your emergency dentist is needed to save your smile. Call your dentist if you’re experiencing:

  • Intense toothache: Severe toothaches accompanied by fever, fatigue, or any swelling may indicate a serious infection. Go to the ER if you have difficulty swallowing or breathing.
  • Dental abscess: If you see a pimple-like bump on your gums, do not pop it. Your dentist can safely drain the abscess and treat the underlying infection.
  • Knocked-out tooth: Store a knocked-out tooth in its socket or in a glass of milk until you see your dentist. You need to get emergency dental care within 30 minutes to reattach it.
  • Loose permanent tooth: If a permanent tooth is loose, the connective tissues that hold it in place may be damaged or infected. It needs to be stabilized to prevent tooth loss.
  • Severely broken tooth: Gather any separated pieces of your tooth, rinse with warm saltwater to disinfect the area, and apply a cold compress to ease any swelling. Do not take aspirin.

Now more than ever, it’s essential that we do everything we can to prevent dental emergencies. However, knowing which situations you can handle at home during quarantine and which need care from your emergency dentist can make all the difference in keeping you and your smile safe.

About the Practice

At Allheart Dental Care, your health and the health of your loved ones has always been and will continue to be our number one priority. We are employing stringent sterilization protocols and COVID-19 patient screenings to keep all our offices in Red Oak, Irving, Grand Prairie, and Arlington as clean and safe as possible. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please don’t hesitate to contact us via our website. Our emergency offices can be reached directly at (972) 672-0896 in Red Oak or (817) 308-0966 in Arlington.

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