When you experience a dental emergency, you need to see the dentist right away to avoid worsening pain or complications. To help, your Cleveland, TX, dentist offers appointments same-day, so we can provide lifelike repair. In today’s blog, find out what constitutes a dental emergency, and why you should see us right away for treatment!
Common Dental Emergencies
Essentially, a dental emergency is an injury to your teeth, gums, or oral structures that is serious, but not life threatening. Should you sustain a severe and life-threatening injury, we urge you to call 911 or have someone bring you to an emergency room right away. Otherwise, give us a call and we will arrange for a same-day appointment to address your injury and offer repair for your smile. Common examples include cracked or chipped teeth, loose or missing crowns or fillings, objects caught between teeth, unexplained pain, or teeth that have been knocked loose or out completely.
Call Us Right Away
If we aren’t able to address the issue quickly, your knocked-out tooth could become prematurely lost, and your injured tooth could become vulnerable to issues like tooth decay and dental infection. Your discomfort could grow worse, and you could be more likely to develop painful complications that increase the risk of eventual tooth loss.
Easing Your Discomfort
In between your call and visit, you can take steps to ease your discomfort. For example, if a tooth hurts or has something caught between it, rinse with warm water and gently floss on either side. If this fails to address the discomfort, let us know. If a tooth is chipped or cracked, rinse with warm water and use cloth or gauze to stem bleeding. A cold compress or ice pack to the side of the face could stop facial swelling too. Try to bring any pieces with you if possible. If a tooth is knocked out, pick it up by the crown, not the root, and rinse away any dirt or debris (but not tissues). Then place it in a glass of milk or salt water. Then bring it with you to the office. For all of these issues, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease discomfort.
If you have any questions about addressing any injured tooth, or if you have one that is chipped or cracked and needs repair, then let us know right away.
Do You Have Questions About Emergency Treatment?
We don’t want your injury to compromise your oral health. If you would like to learn more about treating injured teeth and avoiding serious discomfort and complications, 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.