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Dental emergencies are no fun. They can be scary and painful. You should always call your dentist immediately if you have an emergency. We always try to see our emergency patients on the same day. However, if you have to wait, here are some steps to handle the emergency until you can get in to see the dentist.
Pain and Sensitivity
This can be caused by an abcess or exposed nerve from a lost filling or crown.
What to Do?
Rinse your mouth out with warm salt water to reduce the swelling. See your dentist immediately before infection spreads or worsens. If there is an abcess, you will need a root canal. If the damage is severe, the tooth may need to be extracted.
Your tooth may have cracked while eating, or experienced a blunt force.
What to Do?
Save any pieces of the broken tooth and rinse them with warm water. Also, rinse your mouth with warm water too.
Apply gauze if you experience any bleeding.
Use a cold compress on the outside of your mouth on the way to the dentist.
If decay is to blame for the breakage, the nerve could be in danger and a root canal may be required.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
This is probably one of the most scary scenarios.
What to Do?
Hold the tooth by the crown, not the root.
Rinse the tooth with warm water (if it's dirty) but do not scrub it.
Try to re-insert the tooth into the socket, making sure it's facing the right way. If you can't, soak the tooth in milk or salt water on the way to the dentist.
Teeth that are knocked out have the best chance of being saved if treated within ONE hour.
Remember, always call your dentist immediately.
We wanted to share this with you because it is simply an amazing story.
A relaxing beach vacation with his family turned into one of the most incredible days of Dr. Perella's life! While walking out of the house to watch the sunset, he heard screams and calls for help. Running toward the house where the screams were coming from, he saw a man in distress and his wife screaming for help.
After yelling to Holly to call 911, he ran back to the house. The man was having a full-blown seizure and was struggling to breathe. Dr. Perella put the man on his side, and after a few minutes, the man completely stopped breathing and turned blue! Immediately, Dr. Perella performed CPR on the man. After a few minutes, the man regained consciousness, and began to breathe on his own again, just in time for the paramedics to arrive and take him to the hospital.
The next day, the wife found Dr. Perella and his family on the beach and was SO very thankful to him for his help. The doctors said if he hadn't been there to perform CPR, this man would not have made it. She told Sydney that her daddy was a hero.
We are all so very proud of our Dr. Perella. And we can't stress enough, if you hear someone calling for help, GO to them, even if you don't know what's happening. You could save a life!
Dr. Perella and Holly jump on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!
Happy birthday Dr. Perella!!!
This article was taken from The Local, a French newspaper...
The dentist is never the favourite place for children but some youngsters will go to greater lengths than others to avoid having to see one, it seems.
One 12-year-old boy in a village in the Alpine village St Gervais even went as far as telling police he had been kidnapped so he wouldn’t have to see the tooth doctor, French paper Midi Libre reported.
The youngster was picked up by police, who spotted him hiding, as they patrolled through the village during the afternoon of May 21.
When quizzed by police the youngster immediately said he had been abducted from the nearby town of Bagnols.
He even gave the officers a detailed description of the man who had abducted him – "European looking, aged in his thirties, of muscular build with a height of around 1.70 and a vertical scar on his right cheek".
The kidnapper was also wearing a black shirt and light jeans according to the boy. Police quickly drew up an e-fit image of the alleged abductor.
The young boy was also able to hand over details of the car he was driving and of course what happened during the abduction.
He told officers he was going to his dental appointment when a man pulled up to ask directions. After a brief exchange the boy said he was forced into the man’s car, before he sped off.
He then told police he managed to escape by chance when the car stopped in Saint Gervais.
Naturally the police treated the case seriously and spent the last month investigating. It was only after trawling through CCTV images from the town of Bagnols that detectives realised something wasn’t quite right.
Under further questioning the boy admitted this week that he had invented the whole story because he had been afraid to go to his appointment at the dentist.
In fairness he's probably not the only youngster to invent a story to avoid having to have their teeth checked.