As dental providers, we strive to keep our patients out of emergency situations. Maintaining regular hygiene visits with cleanings, exams, and radiographs as prescribed by your dentist will help diagnose issues ahead of time before they become a problem. Unfortunately, accidents do still happen! This is one of the reasons it is so important for your entire family to have an established relationship with a dental home starting by age one, or by their first tooth, as recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA).
Dental accidents can happen anytime - we have emergency visits every week. Some people can break a tooth from eating, some are sports related injuries, some are parafunctional habits such as clenching or grinding, and some are unexpected like a fall or bump to the face. Things to look out for are temperature sensitivity, sweet sensitivity, pain on biting, throbbing, pressure or swelling, and redness.
Recently we had a young patient fracture a tooth while riding a bike and going over the handlebars! Since her family have been consistent, long-term patients and we have knowledge of their medical and dental histories, the emergency process was a lot less complicated. She also felt comfortable being treated for the emergency because she was already familiar with doctors and the clinical team.
Especially with the holiday season quickly approaching, and with all the delicious foods we eat, make sure that you are up to date with all of your routine care to best avoid a dental emergency during time you would rather spend with your family. The ADA suggests wearing a mouthguard when participating in sports and to never use teeth as tools – open packages with scissors instead! Below are some helpful tips from the ADA for emergencies. But, should you find yourself with a dental related issue we are always a phone call away!