Responding to Dental Emergencies During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Responding to Dental Emergencies During the COVID-19 Pandemic

November 1, 2020

Not all dental situations are emergencies. Therefore, you can wait until your dentist is available for treatment. However, some dental situations are accompanied by severe pain and discomfort, compelling you to seek emergency dental care.

During the pandemic, some dental clinics are offering limited services to a limited number of patients to reduce human interactions, preventing the spread of the coronavirus. With such measures in place, some are only handling dental emergencies, while others are open for a few patients.

Therefore, if you have a dental emergency, you should proceed with care, putting the safety measures issued by the CDC into place. In case you have a dental situation that requires immediate attention, don’t panic.

All you have to do is contact your dentist and schedule an appointment for emergency dental care. If your dentist is not available, they can refer you to an emergency dentist near you.

Emergency Dental Situation and How to Handle It

There are several dental emergencies and different approaches to handling them. Some of the dental situations that require immediate attention include:

A Knocked-Out or Broken Tooth

Whether outdoors or indoors, you can get into an accident that knocks out your tooth. Without immediate attention, you risk losing your tooth or sometimes an infection on the socket left by the fallen out tooth. Therefore, you should seek for helping hands from a dentist.

To save your tooth, you should seek immediate attention within the first one hour after the accident. The more you delay to visit an emergency dentist, the nerves on your root canal die and cause the need for a dental implant or bridge.

Therefore, proceed by collecting the tooth and cleaning it without touching the root nerves. Since you might experience bleeding, you can bite down a teabag to contain the flow of blood and encourage clotting. You can try placing your tooth back into the socket or store it in milk.

While going to the dentist’s office, carry with you the tooth, and observe all the Covid-19 prevention measures.

Unexplained Toothache and Swelling

An unexplained toothache or swelling that does not suppress can be a result of an infection on your gum or root canal. In the worst-case scenario, swelling on your gums or face could be a sign of oral cancer. Therefore, you should not ignore the signs since they can progress to other complications.

To reduce swelling and pain, you can try applying a cold compress on the face over the affected area. If the swelling and toothache do not suppress after two days, you can contact your emergency dentist for treatment.

Gum Infection and Tooth Abscess

A gum infection is not an issue you should ignore since it can lead to bone loss and sometimes the need for a tooth extraction. Tooth abscesses, on the other hand, can cause a lot of pain and discomfort to a point you can’t sleep or carry out your daily activities.

Despite the restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, you should seek emergency dental care. To reduce the pain and discomfort caused by the tooth abscess, you can gurgle using clove oil. For the gum infection, you can rinse your mouth using lukewarm saline water.

Bleeding

If you have been diagnosed with gum disease bleeding when you are brushing or flossing is not a new thing. However, you can experience bleeding due to dental injury. Therefore, you should seek emergency dental care services.

Dr. Moiz Holani recommends you bite down a teabag or a gauze to encourage blood clotting as you go to the dental office.

Chipped or Cracked Crown

Have you experienced a taste of coins in your mouth? A taste of pennies could be a sign of a chipped or broken crown. Also, a loose dental filling could cause the taste of pennies. Without treatment, you could be at risk of a root canal infection. Therefore, you can contact our emergency dentist at Dental Care of Muskogee for treatment.

Preventing Dental Emergencies

Prevention is better than cure. As you prevent the contraction of Coronavirus, you should not forget about dental situations that need emergency care. Below are ways you can prevent them:

  • Wear protective gear when getting involved in activities that pose a risk
  • Observe good oral hygiene
  • Avoid biting or chewing on hard objects