Academy Dental is a warm, inviting SPA-themed dentist facility in Hamilton, and is rated as one of the best places by Hulafrog for dental treatment. Dr. Navleen Thind, D.D.S. is a trusted dentist who practices adults and kids’ dentistry, along with Dr. Steven Reff, Dr. Pankaj Puri (Orthodontist) and Dr. Roshanjit Kaur.
A dental accident is considered an emergency when the problem requires immediate attention to alleviate severe pain, stop tissue bleeding, or save a tooth. In those cases, you should see an Emergency Dentist as soon as possible, since doing so will reduce the likelihood of causing further damage that could be avoided. While you should always seek immediate professional help, which you can do 24/7 on the Academy Dental website, it is also important to take the right steps during the time between the accident and when you are able to see an Emergency Dentist. Today we will be detailing the steps you should take to handle a dental emergency:
- Knocked out tooth: In the case where your tooth is knocked out, it is very important to locate and preserve the tooth. You will want to handle the tooth as little as possible. However, you can rinse the tooth in cold water if it is dirty, just avoid touching the root or any tissue pieces. If possible, place the tooth back into the socket; otherwise put the tooth in a clean container of whole milk, water, or saliva. If you get to the office soon enough, Dr. Thind and her team may be able to reattach your tooth.
- Cracked or broken teeth: First, locate any tooth fragments and wrap them in wet gauze and place it in a plastic bag. Then rinse your mouth with warm water and ensure that there are no tooth fragments between your cheek and jaw. Place a cold compress on the affected area to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
- Toothache: The first step is to rinse your mouth with warm salt water. Then gently use floss to remove any food that may be stuck. You should also put a cold compress on your cheek near the affected area to reduce pain and swelling. To handle the pain while waiting to see a dentist you can also take a pain reliever, such as acetaminophen.
- Abscess: Abscesses can cause many other severe problems, such as serious damage to the tissues and surrounding teeth, with the possibility of infection. Because of this, the only step you should take is visiting the dentist immediately.
If you think you have a dental emergency, you should call Academy Dental or book an appointment online to get immediate professional help.
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Dr. Navleen Thind is a highly trained dentist practicing in Hamilon, NJ.