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5 Reasons People Seek Emergency Dental Care

man holding his jaw in pain with a dental emergency

There are many reasons why people might need dental care in an emergency situation. Here, we’ll provide 5 of the more common reasons why people seek emergency dental care and what to do in those situations.

1. Toothache

Toothaches can sometimes get so bad that you will need to seek emergency dental care. While you are waiting to see your dentist, rinse your mouth out with warm water to clean the area. If your mouth is swollen, place a cold compress on the outside of the mouth near the toothache site. In order to dislodge any debris or food particles left in your mouth, use floss to gently remove them. Never put aspirin against the tooth that’s aching or the gums that surround it or you could make the toothache much worse.

2. Broken or Chipped Tooth

If you break or chip a tooth, it’s important to save any of the pieces of the tooth that you can. Once you have located the piece or pieces, rinse them with warm water. You should also rinse out your mouth with warm water and then use a small piece of gauze to stop any bleeding. In order to reduce swelling, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth where the break or chip occurred.

3. Lost Filling or Crown

You’ll need to seek emergency dental care if you lose a filling or a crown. While you’re waiting to see the dentist for a lost crown, you can try to put it back into place by using dental cement, a denture adhesive, or even toothpaste. When a filling falls out, you can take a piece of sugarless gum and stick it into the cavity to replace the filling temporarily.

4. Knocked Out Tooth

Similarly to when you break or chip a tooth, it’s vital to find the tooth. Never pick up the tooth by the root, but by the crown instead. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it off gently with some water but be careful not to scrub the tooth. If possible, try to put the tooth back into place but don’t force it. If you can’t put it back into the right spot, put the tooth in a glass of milk.

5. Abscess

An abscess is a serious oral health issue that will need immediate attention. An infection that either occurs in between the gums and teeth or at the root of a tooth, an abscess can be recognized as a pimple-like bump in your mouth that is incredibly painful. While you’re waiting to see your dentist, rinse your mouth out with salt water several times a day.

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If you experience these or any other oral health issues that you think need emergency dental care, call us immediately. We’re here to help!

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Senior and High-Risk Patient Hours 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays

Over the next few weeks, we will slowly start to reopen our practice. As most of you know, most dental problems get worse overtime, and we want to treat dental issues before they become bigger problems. We want to ensure our patients that we are taking COVID-19 (and all infectious diseases) seriously and are adding extra precautions to protect you and our team.

We are offering special hours and accommodations for our senior and high-risk patients:

  1. Special hours: We are reserving 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays for our seniors and high-risk patients.
  2. Mobile check-in: There will be no need for you to come into the waiting area. When you arrive, text 843-779-9096 or call 843-203-5429 to let us know that you are here. We will come to your car, bring you in the side door, and take you directly into a treatment room.
  3. First in room: You will be the first patient using the treatment room in at least 36 hours, since we are not normally open on the weekends or Wednesdays.
  4. Paperwork: Any paperwork that you need to complete will be sent to you via email or text so that you can complete it on your own device. We will also allow you to complete the paperwork in the treatment room using paper or a disinfected iPad.
  5. Mask: If you do not have a mask, one will be given to you to enter and exit the office. Our team will keep masks on when we are within 6 feet of you. Since we will be wearing masks, please forgive us if it makes communication harder and please know that we are still smiling underneath.
  6. Closed rooms: Each of our treatment rooms are closed with walls and doors and have their own air return vent. Closed rooms are very effective at keeping potential diseases from spreading from room-to-room.
  7. Check-out: The check-out process will be performed in the treatment rooms. After you are finished, you will leave the office through the side door and avoid the waiting area.
  8. Additional screenings: We will be screening all patients and team members for travel, symptoms associated with COVID-19, and contact with anyone showing symptoms associated with COVID-19 or contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case. The temperatures of all patients and team members will be recorded.
  9. Mouth rinse: All patients will use a mouth rinse to destroy viruses and kill bacteria before treatment.
  10. Limit office traffic: We will require all non-essential families/friends to stay at home or wait in their vehicles during appointments.
  11. Infection control: We will continue our normal practice of following universal precautions, as we always do. This means after every patient, the room will be disinfected with chemicals that have been shown to be effective against the coronavirus in 30 seconds (Optim1), the instruments will be sterilized, and our team will continue to wear appropriate protective equipment such as mask and gloves.
  12. Addition cleaning: More frequent sanitation processes for the reception area and bathrooms.
  13. Suctions: As many of you know, we have always used special suctions. Not only do these suctions isolate the area being worked on and protect patient, they also prevent the spread of disease.
  14. Clean air: We have added additional air purification systems to our office.
  15. Stono Dental Care is taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our patients and team. Thank you for your patience and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

    Take care,
Andy Game, DMD, MBA

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