Dental Emergency? Don’t Panic! Your Richmond Dentist is Here to Help

Nov 15th, 2012 | By | Category: Dental Emergencies, Richmond Dentist

Dental EmergencyEvery day, you meticulously brush and floss your teeth, perhaps even rinsing with a fluoridated mouthwash, and you diligently attend your routine dental checkup and cleaning as often as your dentist recommends. Your goal is to make sure your oral health is secured on every front that you can control. However, there are some things you can’t control, and even the strongest oral hygiene regimen cannot protect your teeth from an emergency. Luckily, you don’t have to panic when an emergency jeopardizes one or more of your teeth. Richmond dentist Dr. Stefan Moiceanu gives you these tips for saving your tooth in the midst of an emergency.

Dental Emergency Tips

Sudden Severe ToothacheTooth sensitivity can occur for a number of reasons, each of which is cause to worry. If discomfort hits your tooth suddenly and severely, rinse your mouth with warm water, use floss to remove particles and plaque from between your teeth, and call Dr. Moiceanu’s Richmond dental office as soon as possible.

Chipped Tooth—If one or more pieces chip off of your tooth, fret not. Collect the pieces (as many as you can) and rinse your mouth with water to clear the tooth of debris. Carefully rinse the pieces, as well, and bring them with you to our office. If bleeding occurs, apply gauze for about ten minutes, or until the bleeding stops.

Lost/Knocked Out Tooth—If your tooth is completely knocked out, there is hope of saving and reattaching it, but time is of the essence. Collect the tooth, holding it by the crown (never touch the roots), and rinse it off with water. Take care not to scrub off any tissue fragments. Rinse your mouth with water, as well. Try to place the tooth back in its socket. If this does not work, place it in milk to preserve it. Call our office as quickly as possible; your tooth must be replaced within an hour of being knocked out if you wish to save it.

Repairing the Damage

In any dental emergency, applying a cold compress or ice pack to the area will help reduce swelling and ease pain. Dr. Moiceanu is happy to provide first-hand dental emergency  services to our patients, no matter the day or time. To schedule an emergency dental appointment with Dr. Moiceanu, contact our Richmond, CA dentist office by calling 510-758-7222. Located in Richmond, we proudly serve families from Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities.

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