Emergencies can be prepared for, but there’s nothing that can simulate the adrenaline rush and panic when something suddenly goes wrong. Car accidents, falls, sport injuries…there are hundreds of ways you could end up damaging your teeth or gum tissues and requiring emergency dental care. Katy TX dentist, Dr. Colin Lathrop, likes to go as far as possible with preparation. If you have certain elements in place, even in a state of shock, you should be able to weather a dental emergency with good results.
Have Emergency Numbers Programmed into your Phone
The current state of American life is very technology oriented. If you aren’t one of the 91% of American adults that has a cell phone on you at all times, most likely someone around you will. If you do own a phone, however, take the time to program in emergency numbers, including Dr. Lathrop’s office at 832-437-3849. That way, if you break a tooth or have one knocked out, you won’t have to attempt to look up a number when you’re in pain and scared. If you have a dislodged tooth, do your best to find it. Handle the tooth or tooth pieces gingerly, by the crown, and rinse them free of debris with clean water. Try not to sever any tissue that might be on the tooth. Next, you can place the tooth in milk, Gatorade, or in a real emergency where nothing else is available, saliva.
Lean on your Support System
Call on friends and family in your time of need. You shouldn’t be concerned with driving safely in the shape you are in. If you can land a ride to the emergency dentist, that is your best bet. For swelling, cold compresses and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can help. If Dr. Lathrop’s office is not open, try the closest emergency dentist. If bleeding is profuse or you have lost consciousness at any point during your injury, you should go to the ER instead.
Emergency Dental Care in Katy TX
If you fall victim to a dental emergency, prompt dental care is absolutely vital. Dr. Lathrop understands the importance of quick intervention and thus offers emergency care to patients and non-patients alike. When an emergency patient arrives, Dr. Lathrop and the rest of our team will strive to get him or her in for an emergency appointment as soon as possible. Dr. Colin Lathrop is an experienced and widely respected dentist serving patients in the Katy TX area. Patients can contact Dr. Lathrop at 832-437-3849 to schedule an appointment or a consultation.