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What NOT To Do In A Dental Emergency

If you are in serious pain and need an emergency dentist appointment, Dr. Schof is always here to help.

What NOT To Do In A Dental Emergency

Dr. Schof at the Mandeville Center for Dental Excellence has years of experience with emergency dentistry. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency in Mandeville, contact us right away for an emergency appointment.

We know that dental emergencies can be inconvenient, confusing, and often intimidating, and our team wants to help you take the right steps to get the treatment you need.  Avoid common mistakes with these tips about what NOT to do when you’re experiencing an oral emergency:

Don’t Take Ibuprofen or Aspirin

If you’re experiencing an oral injury and your mouth is bleeding, you should avoid taking both ibuprofen and aspirin. Aspirin and ibuprofen can “thin” the blood and interfere with the natural clotting process.

If you must take a pain reliever, naproxen (Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) may be used, as these drugs do not interfere with clotting to the same extent as ibuprofen and aspirin. If possible, you may want to wait until bleeding has stopped to take these drugs.

Don’t Wait to See a Dentist

One of the most common mistakes that patients make during a dental emergency is waiting to see the dentist. You should always come to the Mandeville Center for Dental Excellence as soon as you can. In some cases, like a knocked-out tooth, you’ll need to get treatment within 1-2 to ensure the best possible outcome for your damaged tooth.

As soon as you notice you are experiencing a dental emergency, call us and let us know that you’re on your way, and come to our office as soon as you can.

Don’t Assume Your Toothache Isn’t an Emergency

Some dental emergencies aren’t as obvious as a knocked-out tooth or an oral injury. Issues like toothaches, damage to dental work like fillings and crowns, and even gum disease count as dental emergencies.

Never ignore these issues, and do not assume that they are not emergencies. If you are having a dental issue that is causing you discomfort and you cannot treat it on your own, this means that you should get help right away.

Don’t Go to the Emergency Room

As a rule, oral injuries are rarely life-threatening. However, If you believe that you need immediate treatment and that your life and health are in serious danger, you should go to an emergency room.

For the most part, the ER will not treat you for oral injuries, and will simply refer you to a nearby emergency dentist. Even if they do treat you, they may charge much more than a local dentist would.

Use your best judgment. If you have experienced serious facial trauma and suspect injuries to your neck and head, or you have been bleeding for several hours, you may need to go to the ER. You may also want to go to the ER if every dental office near you is closed, and you are in unbearable pain.

Get Help for Dental Emergencies Right Away in Mandeville!

If you are in serious pain and need an emergency dentist appointment, Dr. Schof is always here to help. We offer same-day and walk-in emergency appointments, so contact us now at (985) 626-4401 to let us know that you’re coming in, or come directly to our office at 240 Dalwill Dr, Mandeville, LA 70471 for treatment.

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