When you face a dental emergency, which refers to any injury or pain in your teeth, gums, or mouth, you need attention. Even if it occurs outside normal business hours, still give us a call. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist looks at five common situations, and what you can to ease discomfort until we can see you.
Cracked or Chipped Tooth:
If a tooth is cracked or chipped, then rinse with warm water and use a cloth or gauze to control bleeding. A cold compress to the side of the face can ease swelling too. Try to recover any pieces of the tooth and bring them with you in a sealed container. If this isn’t possible, don’t worry, the tooth can still be repaired, often in one visit with treatments like dental bonding.
Knocked Out Tooth:
If a tooth is knocked out completely, then pick it up only by the crown, never touch the root. Try to rinse away dirt or foreign debris, but take care to keep tissues in place. Put the tooth in a glass of salt water or milk and bring it with you. If this isn’t possible, put it back into the socket and gently bite down to hold it in place. Again, a cold compress can prevent major facial swelling.
If a tooth hurts, then gently floss on either side of it and rinse with warm water. If this fails to dislodge an object or ease pain, then let us know. You may have an advanced case of tooth decay or an infection that needs attention. We can bring relief with a filling, crown, or a root canal depending on the severity of the issue.
Loose/Lost Fillings and Crowns
If a filling or crown is loose or lost, then avoid very hot or cold foods and drinks, and items high in sugar, as the exposed tooth will be very sensitive. Schedule a visit right away to get them replaced. After all, the tooth is now very vulnerable to decay or infection, so immediate action is necessary.
Object Caught Between Teeth
When you have something caught between your teeth, rinse with warm water and gently floss. Don’t use anything other than floss to try and dislodge it, as you risk damaging your teeth or gums. We can extract it carefully and comfortably without putting the rest of your smile at risk.
If you have any questions about emergency dental care then contact our team today.
Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Emergency Dentistry
We want to make sure your smile avoids the complicated of an untreated injury. For more information on our approach to dental emergencies, contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234.