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The 911 In Dental Emergencies

The 911 In Dental Emergencies
by Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S.

Read The 911 In Dental Emergencies by Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S. to learn more about Grove Smiles® Dentistry and our Dentistry office in Coconut Grove, FL.

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When we think of emergencies, we most often think of life-threatening ones or trips to the emergency room for broken bones and stitches.

Now what about our dental emergencies?

Unfortunately, accidents can happen and most often do when we least expect them to happen. When those accidents involve tooth damage, it is important to know who to call and what steps to take.

By just being prepared before a dental emergency occurs can save a damaged or knocked out tooth, prevent infection and decrease the need for extensive long-term treatment.

Your Dentist On Speed Dial

One the of the most important steps to being well-prepared for a dental emergency is to establish a dentist as the “go-to” in crisis. This action means to locate a dental practice that is right for you and developing a friendly professional relationship.

When you have found a dental practice that you are comfortable, become familiar with their hours and know where to reach them if you are ever in need of emergency services. It will be most important for if the worst happens unexpectedly, you can count on your wonderful dentist, and preferred dental practice to be able to provide high-quality care, advice, and support.

Be Prepared

We all know accidents happen. Being “prepared” just means knowing what to do in certain situations before a mishap occurs. In a dental emergency, time is of the essence and could mean the difference between saving or losing a tooth.

In Case of a 911

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), here’s how you should handle these dental emergencies:

Loss of Baby Tooth

If your child happens to knock out a baby tooth, contact a dentist as soon as possible. The tooth will most likely not be replanted, but it is necessary for the dentist to check for potential damage to the developing permanent tooth underneath.

A Permanent Fractured or Chipped Tooth

One of the most common occurrences as an adult is to fracture or chip a permanent tooth. If we do chip or crack a tooth, contact a dentist immediately as prompt treatment is required. In the meantime, rinse out your mouth with water and find any broken tooth fragments. Place the pieces in cold milk or water and bring it with you to the dentist.

A Permanent Tooth is Knocked Out

Again, it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention quickly from a dentist. Most knocked-out teeth can be saved if a dentist is seen within 30 minutes to an hour of the accident.

In the meantime, find the tooth and rinse it gently with only cold water without scrubbing or cleaning it. Place the tooth back in the socket, if possible, and hold it there with clean gauze or a washcloth. If you cannot put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a container of cold milk, saliva or water.

Ready To Help!

If you have a dental emergency, remember to put us on speed dial. We at Grove Smiles Dentistry in Coconut Grove, FL are preventative, cosmetic and restorative dental experts who make it their priority to be here for you, rain or shine!


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For Your Health,

Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S.

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Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S., P.A.
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