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Vacation Dental Emergency? Act Quickly!

added on: July 9, 2013

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A dental accident or pain is always unexpected, but when you’re at or near home, you probably have a general plan for emergency care. What do you do, though, if you’re not at home? On vacation and nowhere near our dental office in Mill Creek?

Until you find emergency dental care, there are steps you can take to help prevent further trauma and alleviate symptoms and pain.

Toothache? Rinse your mouth with warm water, and use dental floss to remove lodged food if possible. If there’s swelling, hold a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek.

Chipped/broken tooth? Gently rinse the mouth and any broken pieces with warm water. Retrieve them if possible and hold the tooth by the crown (not the root). If possible, try to replace the tooth. If you can’t, place the tooth in milk or water with a pinch of table salt.

If it hurts, apply oil of cloves with a cotton swab to help alleviate the dental pain. And get to a dentist as soon as possible, even if you’re out of town. The sooner your emergency receives appropriate care, the better your chances are of saving your tooth.

Once you return home, schedule an appointment at our dental office in Mill Creek at 425.298.3925. We will examine the tooth and if necessary repair or replace it with restorative and esthetic dental services such as crowns, implants, bonding or veneers

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