State College, PA Emergency Dentist
Dental emergencies can strike when you least expect them, and many dentistry practices aren’t there to help patients outside of regular office hours. At Kevin P. Labosky, DMD’s State College, PA dental office, we do our utmost to provide same day care, when patients experience painful dental decay, damage, or other oral health emergencies.
If you or a loved one is currently experiencing a dental emergency, try to remain calm and call our office right away. If it’s after hours, you’ll hear directions for contacting a member of our team. In most cases, we’re able to provide same day emergency dentistry appointments for our patients of record, and if for some reason we’re unable to see you the day you call, one of our team members will walk you through the steps of caring for your smile until you reach our office. If you’re not sure your situation requires urgent care, please call our office anyway. It’s always better for our team to start repairing damage right away, so the decay or damage does not affect other parts of your smile.
Step-by-Step Emergency Care
Once you call our office, your State College emergency dentist suggests that you follow a few basic steps that can be helpful in any dental emergency. First, if there is bleeding, use a clean soft cloth or a pad of gauze to stanch the flow of blood. You should notice that the bleeding slows or completely stops within 10 to 15 minutes. If there is still significant bleeding after this time period, then head for the nearest hospital emergency room.
It seems almost unnecessary to mention, but be gentle when you have a dental emergency on your hands. For instance, if you’re dealing with a dislodged tooth, never try to force the tooth back into position. You can apply gentle pressure, but that’s all. If the tooth dislodged as a result of a hard blow to the face, then you can apply a cold compress to alleviate some of the pain and reduce any swelling. Oral pain medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen may also be helpful. Don’t use a topical pain reliever because this may harm delicate gum tissue.
Handle with Care
If a tooth has been knocked out and you have it, do your best to only touch the crown. There may still be tissue attached to the root, and this can be integral to State College dentist Dr. Labosky’s ability to reimplant the tooth.
Wash the tooth in clear water, taking extra care not to drop the tooth in the sink. You may want to block the drain with a hand towel. Once cleaned, the tooth needs to be preserved. You can do this by either holding the tooth in its socket, or by placing it in a container filled with milk or a mild saline solution. Then, get to our office as quickly as possible. The sooner Dr. Labosky sees you, the better your chances of being able to have your natural tooth back in your smile.