There are some services that we offer that we hope you’ll never need. Even so, we’ll be ready to help if you or someone you love experiences a dental emergency.
We’ll make every effort to see you as soon as we can, and often this means seeing you on the same day you call seeking help. Jennifer Perkins, DDS, and the rest of our team at our Huntsville, AL dental office understands that you want relief quickly.
We also do everything we can to stop your pain, so we can focus on finding a long-term solution to your problem. Save our number now, 256-801-0002, so you will have it if you ever need it for emergency dental care.
Take Preventive Steps
The best way to deal with emergency dental problems is to be proactive about your oral health.
This starts with having good oral hygiene habits at home. Brushing twice daily and flossing daily will go a long way toward helping you avoid small problems — like tooth decay and infected gums — which can lead to bigger issues. Toothaches, infected teeth, gum disease, and tooth loss often are the result of small problems that got worse over time.
Good home habits should not be the end of your dental routine, however. You also should make times each year for a couple professional cleanings and exams.
When you make regular visits to our office, we can do a few things that make a big difference in your oral health. First, we’ll remove any plaque or tartar buildup that you may have missed. Second, we’ll take X-rays to monitor any changes to your teeth that may not be visible with eyes alone.
Third, we’ll be watching for any symptoms of cavities or gum infections. If we see anything wrong, we’ll let you know and discuss ways to fix it. This way you’ll have the information you need to make the right decision for your smile.
Of course, accidents and injuries also can cause problems. You can’t anticipate every potential problem, but you can take precautions if you or someone in your family plays sports. Wearing a properly-fitted athletic mouthguard can reduce your risk of broken and knocked out teeth.
What To Do During An Emergency
If you do experience a dental emergency, there are a few things you may want to do — in addition to calling us as soon as possible.
One thing to keep in mind is that you should wear gloves whenever helping someone with a dental emergency. With that disclaimer in mind …
Stopping bleeding is a top priority with broken or knocked out teeth. If you can find the tooth or pieces of tooth, do that as well. Rinse the mouth of the injured person, and clean it with gauze. Repeat as needed until the bleeding stops.
You may want to apply a cold pack (to reduce swelling) or take an over-the-counter pain reliever if needed. With a tooth that has been knocked out of its socket, you can try placing it back where it was. If it will stay, leave it there. If not, keep in a container of milk when you visit our office.
For a toothache, you’ll also want to try an ice pack or pain reliever. You should NOT hold aspirin on the soft tissue near the tooth, however, since this can create a new problem.
Know Who To Call
Don’t hesitate to call 256-801-0002 whenever you think you make need emergency dental care. Dr. Perkins and our team in Huntsville is ready, willing, and able to help.