When a dental emergency arises for you or a member of your family, you should have the comfort of knowing that you can go to an emergency dentist with years of experience in dealing with a variety of sudden oral problems. Your emergency dentist at Oliver Family Dental offers prompt and efficient treatment for a variety of dental emergencies ranging from toothaches to knocked-out teeth.
Here are some of the most common dental emergencies we see in our practice and some things you can do immediately to make yourself more comfortable or make treatment easier while you’re on your way to the office:
If you can, pick up the tooth by the crown and rinse it under water, not removing any attached tissue. Try to fit it back into place in your mouth. If that doesn’t work, put it in a sealed container and bring it to the Oliver Family Dental office with you. If you get to the dentist within an hour of it getting knocked out, there’s good chance the tooth can be saved.
Chipped, Cracked or Broken Tooth
The surfaces of your teeth are made of the human body’s hardest material but, due to impact or even wear and tear or underlying decay, they can be chipped, cracked or broken. To prevent infection and further damage to the tooth, you should come and see us as soon as possible. If you’re in pain, rinse with salt water, take acetaminophen (Tylenol), not aspirin, and get to the dentist quickly. If the chip or break has left a jagged edge, it may be wise to place a piece of sugarless chewing gum or wax over the edge to keep from cutting your lip or tongue. Depending on the extent of the damage, chipped and broken teeth can usually be fixed with dental filling or bonding, veneers or crowns. If the pulp is infected, a root canal may be necessary.
If you’ve got a pain in one of your teeth, rinse your mouth with water and use floss to try and get out any food stuck near the tooth. Don’t put aspirin, Orajel™ or any other painkiller on your gums because it might burn the gum tissue. If the pain is severe or will not subside, call your dentist for an emergency dentist appointment as soon as possible.
Out of Alignment or Loose Tooth
Try to readjust your tooth back into its original position, being careful not to use a lot of pressure. Schedule an emergency dentist appointment for any teeth that have become loose or out of alignment.
Ways to Avoid a Dental Emergency
Dental emergencies may result from a variety of causes. You can reduce your risk for dental injuries and emergencies by:
Wearing mouth guards when playing contact sports
Avoid eating hard foods, ice or hard candies
Brushing and flossing regularly to maintain healthy teeth and gums
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