As Paris Family Dental, part of social responsibility with the current situation in COVID-19, we continue to see dental emergencies.
Dentists are a primary part of healthcare delivery, and continuously prioritize the general health of the affected person. Taking responsible action properly now’s the great thing that can be accomplished at the moment for patients, for dental teams and for the health care system.
We do not expect accidents. It’s important to be prepared and know how to act with a dental emergency. When the time for action is upon us, the time for preparation has passed.
Understanding a few key principles now will help you be prepared for and know what course of action to take should you have a true dental emergency and this could easily be the difference in saving you time, money, and your tooth.
Step One: Visit Your Dentist Regularly.
Regularly see dentist Paris TX and hygienist via check-ups and hygiene cleaning appointments. This allows you to have your dentist regularly monitor your oral health and recommend keeping your teeth out of “emergency mode”, so you are not a risk of treatment becoming more costly, being in pain, or losing a tooth. Having a great relationship with your dental clinic inherently makes it more likely you can contact them after hours, should the need arise, especially if you are a patient of Doctor Brandon Del Toro as all regular patients have given his after hours emergency phone number via their appointment cards.
Step Two: Be Prepared Always.
Because unforeseen and unpredictable situations can arise, you should be prepared and know how to act in certain situations as this may make the difference in keeping or losing a tooth.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), gives the following suggestions during dental emergencies:
- When a baby tooth is knocked out…
DO NOT put it back in place. Contact Doctor Del Toro as soon as possible. Bring the tooth with you to the appointment though it likely will not be replanted because it could damage the developing adult tooth.
- When a tooth is fractured or chipped…
Contact Doctor Del Toro immediately. It requires prompt treatment to ensure the long term vitality of the tooth. Find and bring all broken tooth fragments to your appointment. Place the fragments in saliva, cold milk or water and bring it with you to the dentist.
- When a permanent tooth is knocked out…
Again, it is crucial you call Doctor. Del Toro immediately. We can save most knocked out teeth if you see Doctor Del Toro within 30 minutes to an hour of the accident. In the interim, gently rinse off dirt/debris on the tooth with cold water (no soap). Do NOT clean or scrub the tooth. If possible, put the tooth back in the socket and steadily hold it there a clean washcloth. If you cannot put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a container of saliva, cold milk, or water.
We’re Here For You
We encourage rescheduling elective procedures as doing our part to prevent community spread of Covid-19.
If you have a dental emergency, call us immediately at (903) 785-7671! We will make you a top priority!