Don't Let A Dental Emergency Ruin Your Summer Vacation

Posted by Admin on Feb 16 2018, 04:05 AM

For many of our patients at Stephanie Loller, DDS, summer means a season of relaxation, vacation, and outdoor fun and activities. While you can’t take a vacation from dental emergencies, you can always be prepared for anything that can happen. Today, Dr. Stephanie Loller and our team thought we would give our patients a few tips on handling a dental emergency when you’re far from home (and our office).

A throbbing Toothache – Try brushing and flossing to ease the pain; the issue could be simply that a piece of food is nestled in an uncomfortable spot between your teeth. If that is the case, try to gently remove the object with dental floss. If it still hurts, stick to soft foods, try an over-the-counter pain reliever, or dip a cotton ball in clove oil and insert it on the affected area until you can get to a local dentist.

Bitten Lip or Tongue – Clean the area gently with a cloth and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, go to a hospital emergency room immediately.

Lost Filling or Crown – Dental wax will work to keep the sharp edges of your tooth from bothering you. If you can, save the crown or filling, and if you happen to have denture adhesive handy, you can use it to temporarily reattach the crown until you can get to a local dentist.

Broken Tooth – Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse off the root of the tooth in water if it’s dirty. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If that isn’t possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk and get to a local dentist as quickly as possible.

Broken Jaw – Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Visit a hospital emergency room as soon as possible.

If you have a dental emergency after regular office hours and you happen to be in town, please give us a call. If you are calling us after hours, please follow the emergency prompts to contact Dr. Stephanie Loller.

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Thank you for your tips on dental emergencies. I am currently on vacation with my daughter and she has been telling me about how bad her jaw hurts. We suspect that she lost a small filling. Thanks to your tip, we now know that we should find some dental wax. I will bring her to a dental emergency as soon as we get home.

Kate Welling

I like how you mentioned that you should rinse off the root of a tooth if its dirty, then try to reinsert it if it gets knocked out. I recently got hit in the face with a car door, and while I didn't need any dental assistance, it really got me thinking. Thank you for all the great tips on how to deal with a dental emergency.

Taylor Anderson

These are some great tips on dental emergency! I have a child who just broke his tooth and I wasn't sure what to do. I guess the obvious answer is to visit a dentist! We will be doing that very soon!

Dave Anderson

I really appreciate your tip to get to a dentist as quickly as possible if you have a broken tooth! My wife has always complained of sensitive teeth, and we are going on a vacation in a couple of weeks. If she breaks her tooth, I will be sure to take her to a dentist very quickly!

Mark Murphy

I was talking to a friend of mine the other day about finding a dentist. She wants to make sure that she is prepared for various situations. It would make her happy to know that she can put a broken tooth in a glass of milk and get it put back in quickly.

Camille Devaux

We will be having a family vacation trip next weekend and my brother has a toothache. It was explained here that he can try brushing to ease the pain because there might be food stuck in between his teeth. Moreover, it's advisable to go to an experienced dentist for quality oral care.

Sariah Meagle

A good friend of mine was thinking about getting a dentist in case of a dental emergency. He was worried about getting a broken tooth since he knows others who have had one before. It may help him to know to put the tooth in a cup of milk and get it to a dentist as fast as possible.

Camille Devaux

Thanks for the tip about considering putting part of the broken tooth in a cup of milk to keep it preserved. It would be smart to have a good dentist's name on hand for when this type of dental accident occurs. Finding someone who offers emergency hours would probably be even more helpful, as you could get to them as soon as it becomes necessary.

Katie Wilson

A good friend of mine is interested in knowing how to properly handle a dental emergency. She is trying to learn as much about these issues as possible. It would help her a lot to know that a cold compress on a broken jaw will help a lot on the way to an emergency room.

Alexandria Martinez

I loved the tip to hold a broken tooth by the crown. I assume that this is to help keep the roots from becoming infected. My friend will be going on a trip with her children this summer, so I'm certain these tips will help her out. Do you have any tips for choosing an emergency dentist?

Bethany Birchridge


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