You may not be able to plan for a dental emergency, but patients of Painted Skies Dental Center in Las Cruces know they always have a place to turn when the unavoidable happens. If you or a loved one experience a dental emergency, call our team right away. We’ll walk you through first aid over the phone to relieve pain and prevent further damage. In most cases, we can schedule an emergency appointment on the same day you call.
Common Dental Emergencies
If you’re in pain or have experienced dental trauma of some kind that you feel like needs to be treated immediately, we do too. If you believe your dental emergency may be placing your life at risk or that you need emergency care for more than just your smile, we recommend you visit a local emergency clinic or call emergency services. One of our team members will happily partner with your medical doctors to repair your smile in conjunction with other services. The most important thing is to ensure you remain safe and healthy. Some of the dental emergencies we treat include:
- Broken or damaged teeth or dental restorations
- Knocked out teeth or dental restorations
- Damaged or bent partial or full dentures
- Severe toothache or dental sensitivity that may indicate the need for root canal therapy
- Soft tissue lacerations
Caring for Your Smile At Home
When you experience a dental emergency, one of our skilled team members will walk you through caring for your smile at home, so you don’t need to worry about memorizing emergency dental care tips. However, we know many patients feel better knowing they have a plan to prevent further damage and relieve pain at home. Some of the easy, at home emergency care methods we often recommend include:
- Clean the area that has been damaged. Rinse out your mouth with cool water, and if you have all or part of a tooth or restoration knocked out, carefully rinse the tooth or prosthetic with cool water as well.
- Don’t brush or scrub the damaged area, lost tooth, or restoration, and don’t apply toothpaste, mouthwash, or other cleanser unless expressly directed to do so by the dentist.
- Use cold compresses or ice packs at twenty minute intervals (20 on/20 off) to relieve pain, prevent swelling, or stop bleeding.
- You can apply gentle pressure using clean cloth or gauze to stop bleeding.
- If you have a knocked out tooth, you may be able to replace it in the original socket. If you’re not able to replace the tooth, store it in a container of water or milk until you reach our office.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
Some dental emergencies are unavoidable, but there are some habits that put patients at higher risk to experience a dental emergency. Some of the basic ways to limit your risk for dental emergencies include:
- Brush and floss your teeth every day
- Visit the dentist every six months for a checkup
- Do not use your teeth as tools to open packages or crack nuts
- Do not chew ice, nails, or pen caps
- Wear your mouthguard to protect teeth during athletic events or prevent damage from nighttime teeth grinding