Anyone who has ever had an urgent tooth problem, like a knocked out tooth, a broken molar or a severe toothache, knows that dental emergencies don’t wait for convenient office hours. And you know what else? Your dentist shouldn’t, either — because you deserve better than to wait in pain while your dentist’s office works you in. At Gentle Dental Care, we accommodate the dental emergencies of patients and even non-patients, too. Keep reading to learn more about Dr. Keith Gerber, your emergency dentist in Tyler, TX.
Gentle Dental Care: Providing Emergency Dentistry for Tyler Residents
It’s 3 pm on a Sunday, and your family bike ride suddenly went awry. There’s blood on the bathroom floor, and your cousin is holding his jaw tight — how do you care for a knocked out tooth when the pressure is on? There are some steps you can take, no matter what the emergency, to increase the chances that the natural tooth is saved and everything turns out well. These crucial steps are listed below.
#1: Stay Calm: The Gentle Dentist Is On the Case
As with any emergency, panicking in the event of an urgent dental situation will likely only worsen the situation. Remember to breathe, move carefully and think clearly once something like a dental emergency occurs to you or someone else. Keeping your calm could mean the difference in finding the tooth or its parts and seeking professional care in time, or not.
#2: Find The Missing Parts
If it is a broken or knocked-out tooth you’re dealing with, remember to first retrieve the tooth or its missing pieces before you do anything else. Wash the piece or pieces with warm water, being careful not to handle or scrub any exposed tooth roots. Until the dentist can be seen, store missing teeth by replacing them gently in the socket if possible, or in the cheek or a cup of milk if not.
#3: Call Gentle Dental Care in Tyler, TX
The third step that’s crucial in any dental emergency is this: call Gentle Dental Care as soon as possible. If we don’t answer on the first try, leave a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. And even if it’s your cousin, uncle, sister who’s not a prior patient of Gentle Dental, call anyway — we often help with dental emergencies for non-patients, too.
So what’s the one thing you can do to prepare for a dental emergency? Keep our phone number programmed into your contacts list. You really never know when it’ll come in handy.