Dental emergencies can be quite shocking as they strike unexpectedly. Not getting the necessary treatment on time can cost you dearly - in the form of a lost tooth. Reaching the dentist during these troubling times of COVID-19 can be slightly tricky. Here’s what you can do.
Experiencing a hard blow to the mouth can damage the teeth and cause severe pain and bleeding. In most cases, the inner soft tissues of the mouth may suffer cuts or bruises that cause bleeding. But, if the impact is severe, it can lead to a chipped, cracked, or broken tooth. The nerves and blood vessels near the tooth would be disturbed due to this trauma, causing sharp pain and loss of blood. Acting swiftly to the situation can keep you from enduring a lot of discomforts and allow the dentist to address the concern on time.
As soon as you go through the injury, try to gather yourself as you may be in a state of shock. Try to assess the situation and make sure you reach out to your dentist on call to explain the case at the earliest. This way, we will be ready to treat you as soon as you arrive at our dental practice. It is best to rinse your mouth with cold water to get rid of the broken pieces of tooth and microbes/dirt that could have entered the mouth. Place a piece of gauze near the injured tooth to control the bleeding and a damp washcloth or cold pack on the cheek to reduce pain and swelling. Reach the dentist as soon as possible.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, our standard protocols were slightly different. Now, we practice more caution than ever to keep our patients and ourselves safe from the virus. Please note that we are willing and ready to help patients who have dental emergencies even during these times of uncertainty. Our patients’ health matters the most to us, and we often take the extra step to ensure this.
As soon as you arrive at our practice, we will check the severity of your oral condition by visual screening and taking oral x-rays if required. Suitable medication and restorations will be suggested to address it. If the wound is profound, we may have to perform surgery to treat it.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Palo Alto, CA, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Emam. Please call us at (650) 321-0340 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.