Cosmetic dentistry

Accidents happen, and emergencies arise at all times of the day. They’re never convenient and certainly are never a comfortable occasion. Elite Dental knows that even if you brush and floss daily, emergencies still occur, and we want to do our best to prepare you for those situations.

With that in mind, here are some dental 911 tips for our valued Fountain Valley residents.

Is it Life Threatening?

That may seem a little ridiculous when you first hear it. What kind of tooth issue could result in a life-threatening condition? When it comes to the teeth, the biggest danger people face is the choking hazard associated with certain conditions.
If you’ve experienced a traumatic injury to the mouth, resulting in tooth breakage and bleeding, those fragments and uncontrolled bleeding could lead to choking and a condition called aspiration (inhalation of foreign objects).

If you encounter a situation such as this, here’s what to do:

  • Avoid swallowing. As you’ve heard your emergency dentist in Fountain Valley, CA, Dr. Azi say during various procedures, spit, don’t swallow. You want to avoid ingesting any tooth fragments and blood. Continue to spit out any build up in the mouth.
  • Rinse with cold water. Rinsing the mouth with remove any small fragments and the cold water will constrict the blood vessels, decreasing bleeding.
  • If you cannot stop the bleeding, visit an Emergency dental care in Fountain Valley, CA immediately. Severe blood loss can lead to a host of dangers medical conditions.
  • If the bleeding has nearly stopped, pack the bleeding areas with dry, sterile gauze to apply pressure to the vessels.

Visit Elite Dental Today

Once you have cleared your mouth of any fragments, stopped the bleeding and have abated the immediate dangers, what’s next? If you have experienced an emergency during Elite Dental’s normal business hours, call us immediately. We reserve time slots for these unexpected injuries and will do our very best to get you seen quickly.

Take a Breath

Injuries and emergencies can be stressful and scary. While in the moment you may be fearing a host of things, we are here to help and are sure we can fix whatever emergency you’ve run into. Follow our tips and relax, then let us help you smile brightly again!

Azadeh Ashtiany (Dr. Azi)

DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery)

Dr. Azi is a graduate from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Dentistry. She has been practicing Dentistry in Southern California since graduation. Dr. Azi is a member of the Orange County Dental Society, The California Dental Association and the American Dental Association.