At Lakeside Dental Care, we know that dental emergencies often happen after practices are closed. That’s why we have a dentist on call seven days a week to handle after-hour dental emergencies for our patients.

Knowing what to do can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Reviewing these tips before an accident occurs can help you remain calm and handle an emergency effectively.

Post Your Dental Office Phone Number

Just like any emergency number – the family doctor, police or fire department – your dental office phone number should be included with your emergency numbers. Some families post these numbers on the refrigerator or inside a kitchen cabinet door near the phone.

Protect Your Smile

You and your family can take simple precautions to avoid accident and injury to your teeth. One way to reduce the chances of damage to your teeth, lips, cheek and tongue is to wear a mouth guard when participating in sports or recreational activities that may pose a risk. Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy, all of which can crack a tooth. And, always cut tape using scissors – not your teeth.

Dental Emergencies

The following advice can help you deal with common dental emergencies when they arise:

Thousands of dental emergencies – from minor injuries to an abscessed tooth – take place every day. Knowing what to do can lessen the pain and save a tooth that might otherwise be lost. If you are a patient of record, and find yourself with an after-hours dental emergency, please call your Lakeside Dental Care practice location for instructions on reaching the doctor on call.