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Common Dental Emergencies and How to Handle Them

June 28, 2024 9:00 am

Accidents happen, and when they do, knowing how to handle common dental emergencies can save your smile and reduce pain. Dr. Serrano at Alma Dental Care in Petaluma is here to help you navigate these unexpected situations with confidence.

    1. Knocked-Out Tooth

    If you or someone else knocks out a tooth, time is of the essence. Pick up the tooth by the crown (the part you chew with), not the root. Rinse it gently with water if it’s dirty, but avoid scrubbing. If possible, place the tooth back in the socket and hold it there. If not, keep it in a container of milk or saline solution. Get to Alma Dental Care immediately—quick action can often save the tooth.

    2. Chipped or Broken Tooth

    For a chipped or broken tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Save any pieces if you can. Apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth to reduce swelling. Contact Dr. Serrano promptly to assess the damage and discuss your options for repair.

    3. Severe Toothache

    A severe toothache can be debilitating. Rinse your mouth with warm water and gently floss to remove any trapped food. Avoid placing aspirin or other painkillers directly on the gum, as this can burn the tissue. Call Alma Dental Care for an appointment as soon as possible. Dr. Serrano will determine the cause of your pain and provide the necessary treatment.

    4. Lost Filling or Crown

    If a filling or crown falls out, try to keep the area clean and avoid chewing on that side of your mouth. You can temporarily place dental cement (available at most drugstores) over the cavity to protect it from debris and avoid sharp edges. Save the crown and bring it with you when you visit Dr. Serrano, who can reattach it or provide a replacement. In a pinch, a small amount of petroleum jelly can be used to temporarily reattach the crown until you can come in for your appointment.

Why Choose Alma Dental Care?

At Alma Dental Care in Petaluma, Dr. Serrano and her team are committed to providing prompt, effective care in any dental emergency. With state-of-the-art technology and a compassionate approach, you can trust that you’re in good hands.

Remember, being prepared and knowing how to respond can make a big difference in a dental emergency. Keep Dr. Serrano’s contact information handy, and don’t hesitate to reach out to Alma Dental Care whenever you need expert advice, immediate treatment, or a dentist in Petaluma.

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