Like other dental practices in our community and across the country, we’re limiting our treatments to only emergency care, encouraging people to stay home when possible and help prevent further spread of COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus. But when should contact your Redmond, OR, dentist for treatment?
Toothaches and Bleeding Gums
When you experience persistent pain in one or more of your teeth, this could be a sign of a cavity or possibly even an infected tooth. If you have pain in your tooth for more than 48 hours, then let us know. We will examine the tooth to see if you have a cavity or an infection. We will then administer treatment, such as a single visit filling or a same-day crown, to help stop the spread of infection and restore the tooth. If your gums begin to feel sore, look red, or bleed easily, this could mean you have a serious case of gingivitis or possibly even gum disease. Contact our office to talk about possible solutions or steps you could take to help manage the issue until we can see you. If untreated or unmanaged, the issue could lead to adult tooth loss in many cases.
Injuries and Damage Teeth
A damaged tooth, even if the damage appears minor, could increase the risk of cavities and infections, as the sensitive inner tooth structure is now exposed to harmful bacteria. Use a washcloth or gauze to control any bleeding, and take a pain reliever to ease discomfort. If you have facial swelling, a cold compress or ice pack against the side of the face could help. Let us know, so we can schedule a time to see you and restore the tooth. When you come in, know that we’re following strict cleaning and disinfecting protocols to keep patients and team members healthy and safe. We will also schedule visits so you’re not in a waiting room with other people.
Protecting Teeth at Home
At home, you can start taking steps now to limit your risk of issues like cavities or gum disease. To start, be sure you’re brushing your teeth when you wake up and again before going to bed. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a toothpaste with fluoride. Make time to floss before bed too, moving the tape up and down each side of every tooth to access and remove trapped food particles. You can also cut down on sugary foods and drinks as well, which helps reduce the risk of plaque buildup, cavities, and periodontal issues.
Do You Have Questions About Emergency Treatments?
You should see us if you encounter pain in your smile, but also practice routine oral hygiene to help prevent cavities and other issues altogether. To learn more about our approach to emergency dentistry, then schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927.