How To Decide:
Dental Emergency vs. Non Dental Emergency
Here are true dental emergencies that warrant emergency room attention
June 4, 2007
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By: Ken Nelson, DDS, Dentistry
True Dental Emergencies Warrant Immediate Medical Attention
Dental Emergency vs. Non-Emergency:
Listed are true dental emergencies that warrant emergency room attention if West Bay Dental is not available.
* Knocked-Out Tooth: if the tooth is dirty rinse it gently in warm water, but do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If this is not possible place the tooth in a cup of milk or place under the tongue. This is a true dental emergency.
* Toothache: if you are in excruciating pain that wakes you up in the middle of the night and no over-the-counter pain reliever helps, you have a true dental emergency.
* Swelling: if you have significant swelling, you have a true dental emergency.
However, if your crown or temporary crown comes off you can put it back on temporarily with Poly-Grip or toothpaste. It is important that you do this immediately and as often as needed, but keep in mind this is not a true emergency.
If you have a chipped tooth and you are not experiencing any pain, you do not have a true dental emergency. It is important to differentiate between pain and sensitivity. Pain is something that does not go away and is not tolerable. Sensitivity is something comes and goes. It is irritating but manageable.
Your health and well-being is important to us. Feel free to call if you have any questions.
Or Contact Dr. Ken Nelson at:
800 S. Euclid Ave, Bay City, MI 48706
Ken Nelson, DDS, Dentistry
Dr. Nelson has served patients at West Bay Dental since 1985. Dr. Nelson provides most dental services with an emphasis on cosmetics, full mouth reconstruction, oral surgery and implants.
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