June 25, 2017
A dental emergency can be a scary, confusing time. If you are having a dental emergency of any sort, please call our Kansas City, MO dental office today at 816-399-5539 for an emergency appointment. You are normally able to come on the same day that you call. If you are already a patient of Dr. Stiver, you can even be seen on weekends.
Tips For Any Dental Emergency
The best way to prepare for any emergency is to have a plan. That way, you don’t have to think as much when trying to get past the pain and confusion of a dental emergency. Here are three tips that can help in just about every such emergency.
– Stop any bleeding first (or go to the ER)
Whether it’s a cut to your lips, cheek, or gums, your first job is to make the bleeding stop. Using some sterile gauze or cloth, use direct pressure on the cut to stop the bleeding. If you cannot get it to stop, go to your local emergency room as soon as possible.
– Put our Kansas City, MO number in your phone today
Calling our Kansas City dentist is one of the first things you need to do in every dental emergency. Don’t wait until the chaos of an emergency to start looking for our phone number. Instead, put our number (816-399-5539) in your phone today. Use the name “Dental Emergency” or something similar so it’s easy to find in your phone’s contact list.
– Create a dental first aid kit for your home
It makes sense to have a medical first aid kit handy, so why not a dental one? Get a container and put the following inside:
- Non-aspirin pain relievers
- Sterile gauze
- Plastic gloves
- Dental cement
- A small container with a lid
Specific Dental Emergency Tips
It helps to stay calm when you have a good idea of what to do. That’s why here are some specific tips for handling the most common dental emergencies.
If you have a tooth that’s chipped or cracked, use cold packs and non-aspirin pain relievers to avoid discomfort. Then call our Kansas City dentist and explain what has happened. Please do this even if you’re not in pain, as there could be damage inside the tooth you cannot see.
Pick it up from the top, gently rinse it off, and try putting it back in your gums. If it won’t stay, put it in a small container with enough water or milk to cover it. Call our Kansas City, MO dental office for an emergency appointment, and be sure to bring your tooth with you. It might not be able to save it, but having it here will help.
LOOSE TOOTH (BUT STILL IN THERE)
Do you best to not touch it. That means don’t even test to see how loose it is because that could be the one thing that makes it fall out. Use cold pack and non-aspirin pain relievers for any pain, and call our Kansas City dentist for an emergency appointment.
LOST DENTAL FILLING
Get some dental cement (available at most drugstores) and use it as directed to create a temporary filling. This will last 1-2 days, so call our dental office to get the next available appointment.
LOST DENTAL CROWN
If a dental crown has come off a tooth, you can use dental cement as a temporary adhesive. Use as directed to get the dental crown on your tooth again. Then call our Kansas City, MO dental office for an emergency appointment. That crown might be saved, but you might need a new one.
Call us TODAY at 816-399-5539 if you are having any sort of dental emergency. Dr. Stiver has been helping people deal with such emergencies for many years, giving him the experience to know what’s best with your particular situation. Remember, you cannot get our help until you call.