Dental Emergencies Threaten Oral Health

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When you sustain a dental emergency, such as a cracked, chipped, or broken tooth, then you’re vulnerable to tooth decay and dental infection. Treatment is needed to help safeguard your smile and avoid these complications. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about the importance of our emergency dental care.

Common Examples of Trouble

What constitutes a dental emergency? Essentially, this includes any injury to damage to the teeth or gums that isn’t life threatening. If your concern is potentially life threatening, please call 911 or proceed to the nearest emergency room. Otherwise, give us a call, even outside of normal business hours, also we can arrange for a time to see you. Common examples include chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. Loose or missing fillings and crowns are a concern, as are sudden toothaches or objects caught between your teeth. A tooth that is knocked loose or out completely also needs immediate attention.

The Impact on Your Oral Health

Without treatment, dental damage could expose the sensitive inner tissues to bacteria, allowing cavities and eventually dental infections to develop. The same complications could arise from compromised restorations, like fillings or crowns, or from a tooth that is lost to injury. To avoid painful symptoms and the risk of tooth loss, you need to see us right away. With bonding and contouring, we could potentially repair a tooth in one visit. We also have custom crowns and even prosthetics if a tooth cannot be restored to your smile. Our team will take time to ensure the procedure is a comforted and effective one, with lifelike results that inspire confidence.

Easing Your Discomfort

When a tooth is injured or pain develops, then rinse with warm water and gently floss on each side of the tooth. If you can, try to recover any portions of your damaged tooth and bring them with you. You can take an over-the-counter pain reliever and also use a cold compress to control facial swelling. Using gauze or cloth to stem bleeding too. If a tooth is knocked out, pick it up by the crown, never touch the tooth. Try to rinse away any dirt or foreign debris with gently running water, but keep any tissues in place. Put the tooth in a glass of milk or salt water and bring it with you to the office. If a tooth is exposed due to a compromised restoration, avoid very hot or cold foods and drinks or items high in sugar, as the exposed tooth is very sensitive!

Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Emergency Dentistry

Our team wants to help protect your smile from the impacts of dental emergencies. For more information on repairing damaged teeth, then contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234.