Allen, Texas Emergency Dentist
There is never a good time for a dental emergency. They can happen when you’re on vacation, eating a meal with friends and family, during the night while you sleep or while playing sports.
Some dental emergencies such as a toothache, swelling or infection can be prevented if you are diligent about your at home oral hygiene. Other types of emergencies such as trauma caused by a sports injury or a car accident may not be fully avoidable. If you or a family member is involved in sports, it is a good idea to wear a mouth guard to help protect your teeth and gums from severe injury.
Here are some common dental emergencies:
- Infected or swollen gums
- Cavities that are causing severe pain
- Abscessed teeth
- Chipped, cracked or broken teeth
- Spontaneous appearance of lesions or sores
- Bleeding that won’t stop after oral surgery
- Tooth knocked out or severely misaligned
- Dry socket issues causing pain
- Broken or lost crowns
- Objects caught between the teeth
- Soft tissue injuries
- Your denture or partial breaks
What Should You Do If You Have A Dental Emergency
If you have a dental emergency, the first thing you need to do is try to stay calm. Emergencies happen to both adults and children and it is important to keep the injured person as calm as possible in order to assess the situation. If the person was struck in the head and lost consciousness, then you need to call a physician right away and then concentrate on restoring the teeth.
If there is any bleeding, then get clean towel or gauze and check to see if there is any broken, chipped or knocked out teeth. Also, check to see if there have been any tooth fragments that could have entered the lip.
What Should I Do If The Tooth Get Knocked Out?
If any teeth are missing, look for them. If you have or find the tooth that has been knocked out, then place the tooth in milk to preserve it and call our office right away. If the tooth is not placed in milk or in the persons own saliva, it will die fairly quickly and cannot be placed back in the mouth. Do not scrub the tooth or try to clean it. If you are not where you can get to the dentist right away, try and reinsert the tooth back into the socket very carefully and then hold it there using gauze.
What Should I Do If The Tooth Becomes Fractured or Chipped?
The first thing you should do is contact our office immediately for an x-ray and evaluation of the damaged tooth and the area around it. Keep the mouth clean and if the lip has sustained any trauma, please a cold compress on it to reduce any swelling that may occur.
Simple chips and cracks can be repaired many times with dental bonding. More severe cracks or chips may require root canal therapy and a crown to fix the tooth. In some cases, an extraction may be needed depending on where the fracture occurred.
What About A Toothache?
A toothache occurs when the nerve inside the tooth becomes inflamed or damaged in some way. This generally occurs because of bacteria from decay. Bacteria feeds on sugar and causes acid buildup that damages the tooth. Good brushing, flossing and regular dental visits can prevent this.
The symptoms of a toothache can be:
- lingering sensitivity to things hot and cold
- spontaneous throbbing pain
- discomfort or pain when you chew your foods
- swelling and tenderness around the affected area
- you may run a fever
If you have a toothache, you may be able to help ease the pain with over the counter medications. However, you should get to the dentist at the earliest possible time so that the problem doesn’t progress into something worse. Antibiotics may need to be prescribed if infections are present which is the case for abscessed teeth.
We Treat Emergency Cases At Suncreek Family Dentistry
We realize that dental emergencies can come up at any time. Our office is here to help when those times arise. If you have a dental emergency, then call us right now at 214-547-1010.