Dental Disaster On Your Wedding Day? What Can An Emergency Dentist Do For You?

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When you are planning your wedding day, you give considerable thought to what you are going to wear, how your hair is going to look and the intricate details of what your makeup is going to look like. But have you even given the slightest bit of thought about what you would do if you had a dental emergency on the biggest day of your life? Knock-on-wood this situation will never make it onto your wedding day radar, but as the old saying goes, forewarned is forearmed!

What Can An Emergency Dentist Do To Help?

The particular dental problem is going to determine whether anything can be done to stop your dental disaster ruining your day. Take the American actress Hilary Duff for example. Back in 2010, on her wedding day, she lost a tooth after biting into a bagel. Luckily, her wedding planner came to the rescue with a direct contact to a top-notch dentist who was able to reinsert the tooth before the wedding vows.

If you lose a crown or a tooth, take yourself and the crown/tooth down to the dentist before the wedding to get them to reattach it. For a crown, they will do this by cementing it back into place for you. For a tooth, it needs to be reimplanted into place as soon as possible, but at the latest within two hours of being knocked out. After this time, the roots will be permanently damaged. If you lose a filling and are experiencing pain in the tooth, a dentist can refill the tooth for you. Bear in mind that if a local anaesthetic is needed to numb your gum before any repairs are done, you need to be mindful of this while eating and drinking at the wedding feast. You don't want champagne dribbling down your dress because your face is still partially numb.

What Can't An Emergency Dentist Do?

If you wake up on your wedding day with a swollen face, then chances are you have a tooth infection that needs to be dealt with. While a trip to the dentist is a must to locate the source of the problem, the antibiotics prescribed by your dentist are going to take some time to bring the infection back under control. It is quite normal for antibiotics to take at least 24-48 hours to begin to be truly effective.

In this situation, you can try a cold compress to bring the swelling back down, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine may also be of assistance to you. However, if you do start taking medicine on your wedding day, make sure you check with the chemist about whether they will interact with alcohol. If they will, then it's sparkling grape juice for your toasts!

If you wake up with a tooth problem on your wedding day, give an emergency dentist a call. They could very well make all the difference about the size of your smile in your big day photos.


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Dental Care and Seniors: Helping to Maintain Your Smile

As you age, it can become harder to take care of your teeth. Motor challenges can make it hard to floss, while memory issues may make it easy to overlook brushing. Whether you are a senior looking for solutions to some of the common dental problems or a senior with specific questions about cavities or oral surgery, you have come to the right place. In this blog, I am going to touch on a range of topics related to seniors and oral health. This is the type of resource I wish my mum would have had access to in her senior years, and I hope you enjoy having access to it during yours. I appreciate you reading my posts.