When a tooth is damaged or even knocked out completely, you need to seek emergency dental care! In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about our approach to emergency dentistry, how we repair teeth, and also how you can address your initial discomfort and help prevent complications.
Don’t Put Off Treatment
When a tooth is injured, or a crown or filling is loose or lost, or even if you have pain in your smile or an object caught between your teeth, you should let us know. Often what starts as a minor annoyance or injury could soon become a serious cavity or infection without treatment, one that threatens smile stability and leads to major discomfort. When an injury happens, give us a call even if it happens outside of normal business hours. We will then call you back and arrange a time for your dental emergency visit. In the meantime, you can take steps to ease discomfort and limit complications until we can see you for treatment!
Addressing Emergency Care
First, you should rinse with warm water and use cloth or gauze to stem any bleeding. You can also take an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease discomfort. For a damaged tooth, see if you can recover any pieces to bring with you. If not, don’t worry, we can still repair the tooth. If an object is caught between teeth and floss can’t remove it, don’t use anything else as you risk damaging teeth or gums. If a tooth is knocked out, pick it up by the crown, not the root. Rinse it under running water to remove dirt, and then place it in a glass of milk or salt water, or possibly back into the smile. If a filling or crown is lost or loose, then avoid sugary foods and drinks, or items that are very hot or cold, as the exposed tooth is very vulnerable.
Repairing Your Smile
Our team can often repair damage in one visit with dental bonding, and we also have lifelike dental crowns too. We can replace compromised restorations, and restore knocked out teeth to the smile. To help limit injury, be sure you wear a mouthguard when playing sports or martial arts. If you have any questions about emergency dentistry, or about protecting your smile, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Emergency Dentistry?
We want to help you enjoy a healthy and strong smile. If you have any questions about emergency dental care or about avoiding injuries, or if you would like to schedule a consultation today, please contact Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.