When you have a dental emergency, then you need an appointment to repair your smile. In fact, we can offer an appointment same-day in many cases! In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist will explain how we address dental emergencies and rebuild your smile, and what you can do to help your smile stay strong.
When to Schedule an Emergency Visit
Let’s talk about common dental emergencies. Some are obvious, such as a cracked, chipped, or broken tooth. A loose or missing filling or crown is a reason to see us right away too. If a tooth is knocked loose or out completely, you should contact our team right away. However, other less obvious ones include an object stuck between the teeth that you cannot remove with plaque, or a sudden toothache that doesn’t subside after a few hours. Essentially, any pain or injury to the teeth or gums that isn’t life threatening is a reason to contact our team for a same-day appointment.
Tips for Decreasing Discomfort
After you call us, you can take steps to ease discomfort until we can see you and provide treatment. For example, for an aching tooth or if you have something stuck between your teeth, floss on either side of the tooth and gently rinse with warm water. If you have a loose or lost restoration, then avoid sugary foods and drinks, or very hot or cold foods or beverages, as the exposed tooth is very sensitive and vulnerable. If a tooth is damaged, rinse with warm water and use a cloth to stem bleeding. An ice pack or cold compress against the side of your face could stop swelling. Try to recover and bring any pieces of the tooth you can. If a tooth is knocked out, pick it up by the crown, never the root, and place it in a glass of salt water or milk, bringing it with you to the office. You could also place it into the socket and gently bite down to hold in place. With all of these situations, you could take an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease discomfort until we see you!
Rebuilding and Repairing Smiles
When you arrive, we will examine your smile and choose the best option to repair it. For minor damage, we could often repair in one visit with dental bonding. A custom-made crown could address more severe damage and will have a lifelike appearance. To avoid damage or injury, be sure you wear a mouthguard when playing spots or martial arts!
Do You Have Questions About Emergency Dentistry?
Our team wants to help you avoid complications due to an injury to your teeth. If you have questions about fixing a cracked or chipped tooth, then schedule a consultation today by contacting Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.