Life is full of surprises. Some are wonderful, and some, well, not so much. No one gets excited about a dental emergency, especially not in Reno, the biggest little city in the world. We live here to enjoy life, not to worry about dental emergencies. Here’s some good news for all of our Reno friends and neighbors – if you have a dental emergency, relax. The Wager Evans Dental team is here to make everything better, fast!
If you find yourself with a dental emergency, it is vital that you contact the team at Wager Evans Dental to get help as quickly as possible. We are available to talk to you, answer questions, and help you through the crisis, even when we are not in the office. Just call our emergency number, and we will respond as soon as we can. We will help you determine whether you are experiencing a true dental emergency, if the emergency needs immediate medical care as well as dental care, or if you can wait until office hours to be seen. Here are some of the things we look for in a dental emergency:
- Severe pain
- Bleeding in the mouth
- Swelling in the face or mouth
- Swelling in the gums
- Injury to the mouth or face
Contact us immediately if any of these things have occurred. If there is facial or jaw trauma or bleeding is profuse, you may want to head to the nearest emergency room and call us on the way. If you don’t need urgent care, here are some ways to temporarily deal with your issue until you can see Dr. Evans.
- Loose tooth: If a tooth is loose, try keeping the tooth in place by biting down on it. This should hold it until Dr. Evans can stabilize and treat the tooth.
- Knocked out tooth: If your tooth has been knocked out, save it! Pick it up by the crown, not by the roots, and very gently rinse it with warm water or milk– without touching the roots. Your best best is to try to put the tooth back in its socket by holding it in place and biting down if possible. Keeping the tooth in your mouth is actually best until you can see the dentist.
- Tissue Trauma: These types of traumas include any severe injuries such as a cut, wound, or abrasion in the mouth, cheek, or tongue. If you have this type of injury, wash the wound with warm water and cover the area with gauze, then get to the dentist or hospital right away for professional care.
- A cracked or fractured tooth: This type of injury affects the inside and outside of your tooth. If this occurs be sure to rinse it with warm water and use pain meds or ice packs to reduce the swelling until we can see you.
Prevention is absolutely the best medicine. But some things seem difficult to avoid. Here are a few tips to help keep your smile safe and life smooth:
- Stay current with your recommended dental care. Taking care of small problems early, keeping up with dental hygiene, and caring properly for your teeth at home is a great first step
- If you or your kids are involved in sports or any other potentially dangerous activity, wear a mouthguard. A dentist-designed and created guard is best. In fact, studies show that a dentist-made guard even helps prevent concussions
- Avoid chewing hard foods or ice, watch out for pits and popcorn kernels, and don’t use your teeth as tools – ever!
So go ahead and work, play, and live hard! Our Reno emergency dental care is here to protect your smile and put it back together if something goes wrong.
Along with these tips, visiting your dentist regularly is the best way to avoid a dental emergency because your dentist can look for weakened or decaying teeth. Dr. Evans will help you avoid a dental emergency during your office visit. Click here to request an appointment or call our office today at (775) 829-7700. Located in Reno, NV, we proudly welcome residents from South Meadows, Double Diamond, Caughlin Ranch, Donner Springs, Meadowood, Sommersett, Arrowcreek, and all surrounding communities.
First time going to a dentist in over 10 years and it couldn’t have been better. From the moment I walked in to the moment I left it was as enjoyable as possible. Would recommend and will recommend to family!-Aaron C.