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Dental Emergencies

Dental emergency sign for Tigard dentist at Lisa Gitelson, DMD.Emergencies can be scary, especially if you do not know what to do when one happens. This is also true of dental emergencies. When faced with a dental emergency, it is not uncommon to think you should rush straight to the emergency room. Many dental emergencies, however, can be treated here in our office. There are even some emergencies that can be treated at home. If you have been faced with a dental emergency, Lisa Gitelson, DMD can help.

What Can be Treated at Home?

Even though emergencies can be scary, and might look bad, there are some that can be treated at home. One common emergency that you can often treat on your own is a bitten lip, tongue, or cheek. These injuries often look bad but are rarely that serious. They can, however, be painful. Pain can be managed with an over the counter pain reliever. You may also use ice for the swelling. If you are bleeding, place a piece of moistened gauze over the wound and apply gentle pressure. These types of injuries generally heal on their own in just a few days.

Another injury that may be treatable at home is a toothache. While often indicative of an infection, a toothache can sometimes simply indicate that you have something stuck between your teeth. Gently but thoroughly brush and floss your teeth and rinse with a salt water solution. Take a look inside your mouth or have someone else help you. If the pain persists, or you notice other symptoms of an infection, it is time to schedule an appointment.

Professional Care in the Office

We can provide care for a variety of different dental emergencies in our office. Common emergencies we treat include
•  Toothaches. A toothache can point to an infection, which can be treated with a root canal.
•  Physical damage such as a chip or crack. Even minor damage should be addressed immediately. Minor damage might only need a cosmetic fix, while more significant damage can be treated with a crown.
•  Tooth intrusion. This is when the tooth is pushed deeper into the jawbone. We can reseat your tooth and secure it while the supporting structures heal. This type of emergency is more common with children.
•  Tooth displacement. This is when the tooth is partially dislodged. Again, we can reseat the tooth and secure it, so your supporting structures can heal around it.
•  Tooth avulsion. An avulsed tooth is one that is completely knocked out. In many cases, avulsed teeth can be replanted. If we are unable to do so, we can provide you with a replacement solution.

Is There a Time I Should Go to the ER?

While we can treat many emergencies, there are some instances in which it is best to head straight to the emergency room. Situations that require emergency hospital care include
•  Suspecting a broken jaw.
•  Extreme pain that cannot be managed.
•  Significant swelling.
•  Excessive bleeding, or bleeding that has not stopped after 15 minutes.
•  If you are ever unsure of an injury, please head to the ER immediately

If you have been faced with a dental emergency and are unsure of what to do next, we can help. Call Lisa Gitelson, DMD at (503) 985-8945 today.

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Tigard, OR 97224
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