Summer is in full swing. We hope you had an incredible Independence Day celebration and that you have many other adventures to look forward to this season! Vacation, especially in an exotic locale, should be fun, relaxing, and restful, but here at Dr. Craig Armstrong’s Houston dental practice, we know from firsthand experience how a dental emergency can put a real damper on your downtime. It’s difficult to chill by the pool, enjoy a nice cocktail, or spend quality time with your family if you’re suffering from a toothache. Fortunately, having assisted many patients with dental emergencies, we can help. In the following blog, Dr. Armstrong and our team provide our instructions for what to do if you have a dental emergency on vacation. Following our tips, you can save your oral health and your holiday.
You might find yourself wondering: “what exactly is a dental emergency?” Of course, you can have oral health issues without requiring immediate attention, although we always advise seeing us as soon as possible if you notice any changes in your mouth. If you experience minor soreness, a small cut, a change to a temporary crown, or a similar issue, you’re certainly welcome to call our office for assistance, but you don’t necessarily need to treat this as a dental emergency.
In contrast, your smile could be in a state of dental emergency if:
If any of the above occurs, you should take your treatment seriously.
Knowing the usual suspects for dental emergencies can help you spot them when they occur (or even avoid them altogether, with the right preventive methods!). The typical oral health emergencies Dr. Armstrong and our team encounter include:
These are just some of the dental emergencies it is possible to experience. Even if your issue does not fall into one of the above categories, we suggest contacting us for assistance and taking your condition seriously.
Of course, the steps for how to handle a dental emergency vary depending on your exact circumstances. For example, if a tooth got knocked out, you’d need to find it, pick it up by the enameled portion (not the root tissues), put it in a sterile container, and get to a dentist as soon as possible, in the hopes that it could be put back in place. Fractures may be thoroughly cleaned and temporarily treated with an over-the-counter bonding agent to seal the tooth. Similarly, a lost crown can be reattached with dental cement from a drugstore as a temporary fix.
Generally, if you experience a dental emergency on vacation, you should:
These points are important to follow. As the old adage goes, however, “prevention is the best medicine.” To protect your smile while you’re away, we recommend seeing us for an appointment before you leave. This way, Dr. Armstrong will be able to check up on your dental health, spot any issues, and treat them before they interfere with your vacation.
Dr. Armstrong and our team would be delighted to see you! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.