How An Emergency Dentist Can Help You On Your Wedding Day
If you are planning your big day, you will no doubt be thinking carefully about the dress or suit you are going to wear, the locations you wish to pose for photographs and the number of guests you wish to invite. However, you should also take a little bit of time to consider what action you will take if you suffer a dental emergency on your big day.
While this is highly unlikely, it does happen. In 2010, the actress Hilary Duff lost a tooth on her wedding day when biting into a bagel. Thankfully, an emergency dentist was able to reinsert the tooth before it was time to exchange vows. By arming yourself with knowledge now, you can ensure that a dental emergency doesn't ruin your big day.
Types of Dental Emergency
The most common types of dental emergency include:
- Knocked out tooth
- Lost crown
- Severe toothache
- Infected wisdom tooth
A lost crown or knocked out tooth
If you knock out a tooth or lose a crown, you should take action immediately. Place a lost tooth in a container and cover it with milk. Doing so will help to protect the tooth root and will increase the chance that an emergency dentist can reattach it. A knocked out tooth will typically be viable for reinserting into the mouth for around 2 hours. After this time, the root may begin to die and it will be impossible to reinsert the tooth.
You should keep a lost crown in a safe and sterile place so that a dentist can reattach it to the tooth using specialist dental cement. If you are in a lot of pain, you could apply a little clove oil to the site of the damage.
If you are struck down by a sudden and severe toothache, an emergency dentist will be able to prescribe a prescription painkiller, which will reduce the level of discomfort and help you to get through the day. However, you should check carefully with the dentist about any interactions with alcohol which may occur.
Infected wisdom teeth
If you awaken on your big day, only to discover that the area surrounding a wisdom tooth is inflamed and sore, it is likely that it has become infected. An emergency dentist will be able to prescribe antibiotics to help to clear the infection. However, it is normal for antibiotics to take a few days to begin to work.
If you have any concerns about your dental health, book an appointment with your dentist well in advance of your wedding day.