June 12, 2017
Imagine your child playing freely at the park. You look down at your phone to snap a picture and right through the lens, you see your son or daughter bang their mouth on a piece of equipment. A tooth falls out. Would you know what to do? What’s the best course of action when you or a loved one has a lost dental restoration or lose a tooth completely? Your emergency dentist in Carrollton is here to make sure you’re equipped with the right knowledge and know-how for when an accident happens.
A Quick Guide to Dental Emergencies
Avulsed (Knocked Out) Tooth
There are many instances where an accident can occur. If you fall victim to a dental emergency that knocks out one or more teeth, don’t panic. Follow these tips to try to save your tooth until you can make it to On Point Dentistry.
- Grasp the tooth by the crown.
- Rinse it off with plain water.
- Attempt to place its roots down into the empty socket.
- Contact On Point Dentistry for additional instructions.
The American Association of Endodontists states that a knocked-out tooth may be able to be saved within one hour of the injury. If you cannot put the tooth back in place, carry it to our dental office in a sealed container with milk, water or even saliva. The key is keeping the tooth moist. Your emergency dentist may splint it to adjoining teeth to support and strengthen it as it heals.
Impacted Wisdom Tooth
Typically, teens start to experience the pain associated with wisdom tooth eruption between the ages of 17 and 25. Many times, these third molars are poorly aligned, or worse, become impacted, or stuck beneath the bone or gum tissue. If you’re experiencing excruciating tooth pain from an impacted wisdom tooth, follow these tips:
- Take ibuprofen for pain and inflammation
- Apply a cold compress for swelling.
- Visit our office.
Cracked Crown or Filling
Dental restorations are in place for a reason. When one comes out or breaks, it’s important to have it fixed as soon as possible as to not create another dental issue. Follow these steps to have your restoration fixed in an emergency:
- Save it in a sealed bag.
- Contact the office for an appointment.
- If your tooth has jagged edges, cover them with orthodontic wax or sugar-free gum until you make it to our office.
Anyone who has a deep laceration of the soft tissues should apply direct pressure with a clean cloth. If bleeding does not resolve within 10 to 15 minutes, you should seek medical attention from the nearest ER.
Let Our Office Help You in Tough Times
If at any time you have a question or concern about your oral health, don’t hesitate to contact OnPoint Dentistry for advice or help with any dental accident. Remember, keep calm and contact us. We will always try our best to fit in same-day emergency appointments!
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