Going to the dentist isn't any fun, but it is one of those things that just has to be done. For years, I fought the process and didn't go for my regular cleanings and in the end, it sure didn't pay to do so. I ended up spending ten times as much time in the chair and a boat-load of money in dental repairs. If you don't like going to the dentist, you can make it easier on yourself. This blog will show you a few tips that can help you improve the experience and get through the treatment without as much discomfort.
You may have been visiting your current dentist for many years, but do they offer emergency care? Your dentist most likely does not offer this time critical service, since there are dentists that specialize in providing immediate care in an emergency. Here are some situations that will require you to seek the help of an emergency dentist rather than your regular dentist.
Chipping a Tooth
One day you may get into an accident that causes a tooth to chip. If the tooth is causing you pain, you'll want to seek immediate help by visiting an emergency dentist. Your goal should be to find every part of the tooth that broke off and put it in a cup of your own saliva so that it stays moist. Your dentist will know what to do to bond the tooth back together.
Keep in mind that you need to be careful about how much pressure you put on the area after you have chipped a tooth. Avoid putting pressure on the tooth, and instead apply moderate pressure to the part of the gums that are bleeding. The goal is to reduce blood flow and relieve pain.
Knocking Out a Tooth
While breaking off part of your tooth is a bad situation, it's even worse to have an entire tooth knocked out. There is a chance that your dentist can actually reinsert the tooth into the gums and have it heal properly. The first step when looking for the tooth is to not touch the bottom part of your tooth that goes into your gums. Only touch the tooth's crown, or the part that is exposed inside your mouth.
You can actually put a broken tooth in a cup of milk if you have it on hand, but you can also put it in your own mouth to keep the tooth moist if you don't have milk on hand. Just be careful and place it next to your cheek on your trip to the emergency dentist.
Causing An Open Wound
If you're suffering from a wound inside your mouth that's causing a lot of pain, have an emergency dentist help you out. It's possible that the wound won't heal on its own, and if can even cause the area to become infected. A dentist can help give you dental stitches to heal a wound that is too big to heal on its own.
In general, if your problem is causing you a great deal of pain and you can't see your normal dentist immediately, seek out a dentist who can help you with an emergency dental procedure.