Dental emergency tips
When dental accidents occur, they should not be ignored. However, knowing what to do when a dental emergency occurs is one of the best ways to ensure a more positive outcome of the situation. Getting assistance from a dental professional is incredibly important, and the sooner the better. This can make all the difference in losing or saving a natural tooth. For patients in and around the Houston area, Schleicher-Read-Parker can provide same-day appointments for patients with dental emergencies that arise unexpectedly. We provide care and attention for everything from a simple toothache to a tooth that has been knocked out. We encourage patients, new and existing, to contact our practice for an emergency appointment when necessary, especially since the first 30 minutes after the emergency is crucial to the future of the smile.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, here are some tips and tricks you should follow until you are able to get into the office of Schleicher-Read-Parker:
Knocked out tooth
Contact your dentist immediately! In the meantime, locate the tooth and hold it by the crown, not the roots. Rinse with water if dirty but do not remove any fragments of tissue that may still be on the surface. Avoid scrubbing it. If possible, insert it into the socket and hold it there, or keep it in a glass of milk until you get to the dental office. If milk is not available, an alternative such as saline solution for contact lenses will keep the tooth hydrated.
Chipped or broken tooth
Contact the dentist and rinse the mouth with warm water. Pain medication such as ibuprofen (not aspirin) can be taken for any discomfort, and cold compresses on the mouth can help with swelling.
Use a cold compress and get to the emergency room as soon as possible.
Object between teeth
Attempt to dislodge the object with an interdental brush or floss. If unable to remove it, contact the dentist for an appointment.
Injury to soft tissues (gums, cheeks, lips)
Rinse the area with salt water and apply soft gauze with pressure for up to 20 minutes. Cold compresses can be used as well. If bleeding persists, visit the emergency room or the dentist as soon as possible.
If a tooth is partially dislodged, push it back into position and then bite down to hold in place, if possible, and contact the dentist.
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