Christmas trading hours and business closures can be worrying if you have a dental emergency….so what are your options?
Unexpected dental emergencies can be a real pain during the holiday season so it’s important to know how to deal with dental drama when an emergency strikes.
We all love eating a bit of Christmas fare but if biting into a mince pie or pork crackling over the festive season is causing you pain, you may need to see your local dentist as soon as possible.
The best form of care is to book an appointment with your local dentist however, here are some recommendations on how to manage your emergency until you can reach assistance.
Knocked out tooth
If an adult tooth has been knocked out completely, rinse the tooth with milk to remove any dirt or debris and try and replant gently in the socket. If this doesn’t work, place the tooth in milk to keep it moist. Milk keeps the tooth from drying out and has the sugars needed to support the cells of your tooth. This method is only suitable if the tooth still has the root on it. Seek dental assistance as soon as possible as time is critical when saving a tooth.
Lost filling or crown
If a tooth with a filling or crown cracks, breaks or has tooth decay forming under it, the filling or crown can dislodge or fall out completely. The exposed tooth underneath this lost restoration is now open to the bacteria in the mouth along with any food and drink you consume. This can cause the tooth to become extremely sensitive to hot and cold food and drinks. It is essential to book in with your dentist as soon as possible to replace the lost filling or crown to avoid causing irreversible damage to the delicate nerve in the tooth.
Chipped or cracked tooth
If you need urgent assistance and your local Pacific Smiles dentist isn’t available, head to your nearest hospital for emergency treatment.
So how should I try and avoid emergency dental procedures over the holiday period?