Vacation Emergencies

July 05, 2011  |   Toothfully Speaking   |     |   Comments Off on Vacation Emergencies

Murphy’s Law, when applied to dentistry, is that if something is going to go wrong, it will happen on vacation or over the holidays.  What can you do with a dental emergency when you are far from home?

The first thing is not to panic.  Often, dental emergencies can wait until you get home.  Broken cusps or a lost filling usually can go a week or so without treatment.  They may feel sharp to your tongue or sensitive to cold, but they rarely develop into a toothache.  Pharmacies also sell temporary materials that can be mixed and placed in the opening to protect the area for a short time.  A lost crown can be left off and stored in a safe place until you return without risk of damage to the underlying tooth.  A tooth that is loose, causes swelling, or gives throbbing pain, however, does need immediate care, either with a prescription from your dentist by phone, or temporary care by a dentist in the area.

The best way to prevent this problem is to keep up with your six or three month cleanings and check-ups. An ounce of prevention can go a long way toward avoiding a ruined vacation.

Dr. Bruce Holes


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