Managing Discomfort Before Emergency Dental Treatment

image of woman happy with the results of emergency dental workOur Riverside, CA dentist’s office recognizes the importance of having access to dental care during an emergency. Sometimes, a problem is too serious, or too painful, to make a routine visit appropriate, so we can take care to provide same-day or after-hours support. While this can make a dental emergency more manageable, there is still one issue to worry about – how can you manage discomfort until you arrive at our practice? The right measures before your appointment can help you deal with bleeding and discomfort while minimizing any risk to a vulnerable tooth.

How Long Will I Have To Wait For An Emergency Appointment?

We can set patients up for same-day visits, or bring you in after our normal office hours, if necessary. Of course, no matter how little time it takes to schedule your appointment, you can feel pain or sensitivity until you arrive. In the meantime, you may need to do something to control the amount of pain you feel, or stop yourself from bleeding. It is important to note that whatever you do, be careful about putting too much pressure on a tooth, or jostling it. This can lead to more pain, or it can weaken the support of an already loose tooth!

Dealing With Pain, Swelling, Or Bleeding On Your Way To The Dentist’s Office

To address pain, take an over the counter pain reliever. While this may not be enough to completely manage your discomfort, it can make it easier for you to focus on arriving at our practice for your appointment. A carefully applied ice pack or cold compress can also help control pain, and it can bring down any swelling that might occur. If you have to do something about bleeding, gently apply clean cloth or gauze to the injury.

Safely Handling A Dislodged Tooth

While some dental injuries lead to teeth being chipped or cracked, others can leave a tooth loose or completely dislodged. Fortunately, if you act in time, there is a chance that the tooth can still be saved after a root canal procedure and the placement of a dental crown. If you need to carry the tooth, only do so by holding its crown, and avoid touching the roots. If you cannot comfortably reinsert it into its socket, a container with milk can help you keep it from drying out before you arrive to be treated. In the event a tooth cannot be saved, prosthetic dental treatment can help give you back your full smile!

Your Riverside, CA Dentist’s Office Is Ready To Help You If You Have A Dental Emergency

At our Riverside, CA dentist’s office, we have experience taking care of patients when they need treatment on short notice. If you wish to learn more about our emergency services, or if you want to discuss routine care, you can reach our practice – or another of our locations closer to you – at the below:

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.