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By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
May 23, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental emergency  

What your dentist in Honolulu wants you to know

Dental EmergencyIt’s great to be prepared for an emergency, especially a dental emergency. Dental emergencies are more common than most people realize. They can result from a car accident, sports injury, a bad fall, or other common occurrences. It’s critical to know what to do. Dr. Jason Ako at Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Honolulu, HI, wants to share the facts about what to do if you experience a dental emergency.

There are many reasons why you should seek out emergency dental care, including:

  • Toothache pain that doesn’t go away
  • Toothache pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Toothache pain from a loose or missing filling or crown
  • A tooth that is loose or has been knocked out or moved
  • A loose dental implant or bridge

If you have experienced an accident or injury to your face, jaws, or head, you should also seek out emergency dental treatment. Your dentist can take x-rays and do specialty testing to determine if your teeth, jaws, and supporting structures are unharmed.

One of the best ways to be prepared for a dental emergency is to make sure you have your dentist contact information in an easily accessible location, including your smartphone. You should have the office phone numbers, after-hours information, and emergency contact information.

You should also put together a dental emergency kit, containing:

  • Your dentist’s contact information
  • Tylenol, ibuprofen or other pain medication
  • Saline solution
  • Sterile gauze packets
  • A small container with a lid

After a dental emergency, you should:

  • Clean the area and press gauze to it to reduce bleeding
  • Gently rinse the area free of blood and debris and apply ice to reduce swelling
  • For a loose tooth, try to gently move it back into position

For a knocked out tooth, pick up the tooth by the crown, not the roots, rinse the tooth and place it in the container with saline, or next to your gum and cheek to keep it moist.

Visit your dentist as soon as possible. Professional dental care is essential to a good outcome. For more information about dental emergencies and other dental topics, call Dr. Ako at Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Honolulu, HI. Call today!