November 28, 2016
Your comfort and well-being are a priority at OnPoint Dentistry. When a dental emergency happens, your dentist in Carrollton, Dr. Marco Caballeros, is available for immediate advice and prompt treatment. What should you do in a dental emergency?
Common Dental Emergencies
A dental emergency is an oral health condition causing severe pain, swelling, profuse bleeding or a very obvious aesthetic problem. Frequent dental emergencies are fractured teeth, a knocked out teeth and throbbing toothaches. Other problems include dental abscesses, teeth that are displaced to one side, broken dentures, fractured jaws or deep cuts to the tongue, lips or gums.
First Aid for Dental Problems
Dental Abscess This tooth infection occurs because of extensive decay or periodontitis. Symptoms include halitosis, toothache, foul-tasting drainage, fever, a general malaise and swelling of the jaw and gums. Apply a cold compress–20 minutes on and 20 minutes off– to reduce swelling. Take over the counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain, and call OnPoint Dentistry for advice and an appointment. If these infections are neglected, they can travel to the lymph nodes of the neck and beyond, becoming life-threatening.
Avulsed (knocked out) tooth A blow to the face can dislodge a tooth. The probability of preserving the tooth increases if you act promptly. Rinse the tooth in warm water, leaving any remaining soft tissue attached. Place the tooth back in the socket. Hold it there while getting to OnPoint Dentistry. If you replace it, put it between your cheek and gum or in a sealed container with milk, water, saliva or an over the counter tooth preservative. Treatment may include splinting the tooth to adjacent teeth while it heals.
Foreign object lodged between two teeth Attempt to dislodge the object with dental floss. If you cannot, call your emergency dentist in Carrollton.
Cracked tooth, filling or crown Save the fragments in a sealed bag or container, and keep them moist. Cover any jagged tooth edges with orthodontic wax, denture adhesive or toothpaste. Contact OnPoint Dentistry for an appointment.
Broken jaw or deep laceration Get to the nearest hospital emergency room. These conditions require medical attention.
Everyone can take some preventive measures to decrease the chances of suffering a dental emergency. And, If you are experiencing symptoms, please don’t wait. The American Dental Association says that thousands of people in the US end up hospitalized because they ignored a dental health problem.
Good preventive habits include:
- Brushing twice a day and flossing daily to decrease chances of gum disease and tooth decay
- Getting semi-annual cleanings and exams with your dentist in Carrollton
- Eating a nutritious diet and limiting sugars and carbohydrates
- Wearing a mouthguard to protect against sports injuries and teeth grinding (bruxism)
The Best of Care in All Situations
You will receive it at OnPoint Dentistry. When you have a concern, contact Dr. Marco Caballeros. He and his caring staff will resolve the issue competently and compassionately.
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