Winter is a great time to live in the Bluegrass. The Cats are filling Rupp Arena with frenzied fans, and the scenic spots are all the more beautiful when covered in snow. But keep in mind that, regardless of season, dental emergencies tend to happen when they are least anticipated.
Think about it: are they ever really expected?
There is some good news: though they can be painful and traumatic, dental emergencies are seldom life-threatening.
That said, if not handled quickly and correctly, you could incur permanent damage.
But that’s why Dr. Takacs is here. Our Lexington, KY dentist’s office is equipped to provide prompt emergency services that your entire family can count on when you need it most.
To that end, today we wanted to go over some dental emergency basics so that you will know what to do in the heat of the moment without losing your cool.
Keep reading and then be sure to follow up with our Central Kentucky dental team to arrange for your next visit to Beaumont Family Dentistry.
How To Handle A Dental Emergency
We can tell you straightaway that there is no one-size-fits-all approach, but there are some frequently asked questions when it comes to handling a dental emergency. We hope that this list is helpful…
I Am In Pain. Is This An Emergency?
This is always a dental emergency. Odds are, your pain won’t just go away on its own. Our team will be able to quickly identify the problem and get you some relief. So, don’t ever wait to see how it plays out!
How Do I Take Care Of A Chipped Tooth?
You might be surprised by how often we see this situation. There are so many things that can cause you to a chip or even break a tooth. This really is an emergency because you can expose the dentin and dental pulp, putting yourself at risk for a root canal or worse. Call one of our area offices right away for some professional help!
What If I Accidentally Bite Myself?
Yikes! If you accidentally bite your tongue, lips, or any other part of your mouth, you will feel the pain right away. Start by cleaning the area that you cut and securing some sort of ice pack or cold compress. In most cases, the bleeding will stop pretty soon. If not, get in touch!
What If I Lose A Tooth?
This can happen at school, work, home, in Nicholasville Road traffic, during a Cats game, basically anywhere. Regardless of when or where it happens, getting a tooth knocked out will be a painful, scary, and emotionally charged occurrence.
Just remember that your reaction time is crucial when attempting to save a dislodged tooth. If you are able to locate the tooth, pick it up by the crown rather than the root, lightly rinse it off and place the tooth in milk. Then, you really need to get to one of our Lexington, KY dental offices as quickly as you can.
The goal is always to save your natural tooth. If we can not save your tooth, we will move forward with dental implants or other treatment solutions that best fit your needs.
For Emergencies, Call Beaumont Family Dentistry
We hope that you feel safe knowing that we are your partner for oral health in good times and bad! In case of a life-threatening emergency, like a blow to the head, call 911 or make your way to your nearest hospital emergency room. For dental emergencies, call one of our convenient Lexington, KY locations today! Hamburg: 859-554-1612, Leestown: 859-554-4049, Beaumont: 859-554-1772!
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