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What to Do in a Dental Emergency: 5 Steps to Get the Help You Need

Dental emergencies are never pleasant and usually unexpected. How can you make sure you get the help you need and minimize your pain and discomfort during a dental emergency? Follow this simple 5-step guide from North Hills Family Dental! 

1. Know When to Go to the Emergency Room

The vast majority of dental emergencies are not serious enough to require a visit to the ER. While dental injuries can be painful, they are usually not life-threatening. Many ERs do not even treat dental emergencies and will refer you to a local emergency dentist.

However, there are some exceptions. If you truly believe that your oral injury is life-threatening, you should go to the emergency room. Use your best judgment. Some issues that may require treatment at the ER include:

  • A fractured, broken or dislocated jaw
  • Uncontrollable and severe oral bleeding
  • Swelling in the mouth and throat that may interfere with swallowing and breathing

2. Call North Hills Family Dental for a Same-Day Appointment

It’s important to get help for a dental emergency right away to minimize your risk of complications and get relief from your discomfort. Some issues, like a knocked-out tooth, need to be treated within 1-2 hours to ensure the tooth can be saved. Call us for a same-day appointment and come to our office as soon as you can.

3. Recover Your Missing Tooth or Dental Work (If Applicable)

If you’ve lost a tooth, you should grab it by the crown (top) and rinse it with warm water. Then, you can try to gently replace it in its socket or put it in a container of cold milk to keep it moist. If you have a pulled-out piece of dental work like a filling or crown, put it in a small plastic bag to keep it safe, and bring it in with you. 

4. Take Steps to Treat Bleeding, Pain, and Swelling

If you have time before your appointment at North Hills Family Dental, you can take additional steps to treat issues like bleeding, pain, and swelling. Clean gauze, cotton balls or paper towels can be used to absorb blood, which should mostly cease within about an hour. 

For pain and swelling, an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be quite helpful. Applying ice packs to the cheek near the affected area can also help relieve pain and swelling.

However, don’t let these temporary treatments delay you from coming to our office. They can help ease your immediate discomfort, but the only way to get permanent relief is to get emergency care from North Hills Family Dental. 

5. See Dr. Mauro and Get Treatment ASAP

We will do our best to see you as soon as we can, so make sure you come into our office right away. We’re located at 9401 McKnight Road, Suite 307, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Once you come in, Dr. Mauro will examine your mouth, determine the best option for restoring your oral health, and provide you with the care you need. 

Don’t Panic – Get the Help You Need!

Dental emergencies are inconvenient and can be hard to deal with. But with same-day emergency dental care from Dr. Lawrence Mauro, you can always get the treatment you need to restore your smile and get back to your day-to-day life.

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