Right now, dentists in many states are only able to see patients in the case of an emergency such as knocked-out teeth, cracked teeth, and oral infections. As soon as you notice worrisome symptoms (which could include pain, visible tooth damage, bleeding, or swollen gums), get in touch with a dental practice you trust. Describe your situation in full detail so that they can accurately pinpoint what the problem likely is. Follow any first aid instructions they give you. If you have a real emergency, you’ll need to schedule an appointment so that your dentist can examine and treat you in person.
To stop the situation from getting any worse, you need to do everything in your power to protect your teeth while you’re waiting for an emergency appointment. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do at home to deal with common dental issues. For example:
When you visit your dentist during an emergency, they’ll do everything they can to keep you – and the rest of their patients – safe from the coronavirus. They’ll wear appropriate protective gear (including different kinds of masks depending on the procedure), provide you with hand-sanitizer, keep the environment disinfected, and may ask you to rinse with peroxide. Follow their instructions before and during your appointment very carefully. Do not just head straight to the dentist on your own; many practices are only allowing one patient into the building at a time.
Coronavirus or not, ignoring a dental emergency is never the right call. Have a fully stocked emergency kit on standby and be ready to call your dentist when you need to. If the worst happens, you need to be able to take control of your oral health as soon as possible!
Dr. Maria Shahdad wants to make each visit a pleasant experience free of fear for her patients. During an emergency, she’ll use an appropriate form of sedation to keep you at ease, and she’ll do everything in her power to make sure you stay comfortable while she restores your smile. To schedule an emergency appointment or ask any questions you might have about the coronavirus, get in touch with her Allen practice, DFW Absolute Dental, by visiting her website or calling (972) 727-8100.