What to do in a Dental Emergency
So, you have a tooth that’s been knocked out. Do you know what to do? Fear not, your friendly Las Cruces dentists are here to let you know the proper steps to take.
1) Don’t Panic
The most important thing to remember is to give yourself a moment to take a deep breath.
2) Act Quickly
Speed is of the essence when your tooth has been knocked out. The faster you are able to get to your dentist, the better! If you are not in severe pain, you can consider checking your dental insurance to ensure your dentist is in-network. Las Cruces Dental Solutions accepts many different plans and policies.
3) Hands Off!
Avoid handling the tooth that has been knocked out. In order for a tooth to be saved (which is only possible in some cases), it is vital not to touch the root. Only touch the tooth on the crown.
4) Collect & Transport
Gather the tooth and any broken fragments. You can rinse the tooth gently with room temperature water. Do not use alcohol or other cleaners. You may consider gently inserting the tooth back in your mouth if it is intact. If not, store fragments in water or milk. This prevents the root and other tissue from drying out.
5) Get a Ride
Driving while in pain is bad news. Make sure to reach out to a family member or friend to take you to the dentist as soon as possible.
If you have any other questions about different types of dental emergencies, call the dentists at Las Cruces Dental Solutions. We reserve openings in our schedule just for emergencies. You can call (575) 527-4746 and we’ll work with you to get you in right away.