Top Emergency Dental Procedures in San Diego
No single procedure defines a dental emergency, but the treatments listed below are most commonly encountered during emergency dental visits.
There is a long list of emergency dental procedures, so we will only name a few here. A knocked out tooth is a common emergency, which needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. If the tooth gets knocked out, pick it up by the head, not the root. Wash it in warm water, but don’t scrub the root because the remaining tissue on it can better the dentist’s chances of placing it back into the socket. The next thing you should do is try to put the tooth back into its socket and bite down gently, and if you can’t, put it in a milk filled container to keep the root fresh until you get to a dentist. If you get to the dentist in less than an hour after the tooth was knocked out, then the chances of saving the tooth are still going to be high. You still might be able to save the tooth after the first hour, but the chances will be much lower. If you have a cracked or a fractured tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water, then use an ice pack and press it to your face to keep the swelling down. The same procedure goes for a toothache, but in addition, use tooth floss to remove any food around your tooth. Remember never to apply a painkiller directly to a tooth, because it can damage the surrounding gums. If there is any bleeding from or around your tooth, take acetaminophen, instead of aspirin or ibuprofen, because it is not a blood thinner, meaning a blood clot can form, stopping the bleeding.