When you sustain an injury to a tooth, or if one is knocked loose or out, then you need to see us for emergency treatment. Otherwise, what starts as a minor injury could soon lead to major complications like tooth decay and infected teeth. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about how we treat dental emergencies.
The Dangers of Ignoring Dental Emergencies
When a tooth is injured or you experience persistent pain in a tooth, this could mean treatment is crucial to avoid worsening cavities and infection, which could eventually threaten the stability of your tooth. A dental emergency refers to any injury to the teeth or gums that isn’t life threatening, but requires immediate attention. When you experience pain in a tooth, objects caught between the teeth, cracked or chipped teeth, loose or missing restorations, or a tooth that is knocked loose or out, then you should see us right away!
Scheduling an Appointment
Often, we can schedule a same-day appointment so we can address your dental emergency without delay. If your injury occurs outside of normal business hours, then still call our office and we will reach back with a time to see you. We don’t want your situation to have a chance to grow in severity and threaten your overall oral health, so we want to see you as quickly as possible. After you call us, you can take a few steps to help ease discomfort and prevent complications until we can see you for treatment.
Easing Your Discomfort
If a tooth aches or has something caught between it and another tooth, then rinse with warm water and gently floss one either side of the tooth. If this fails to address it, then take an over-the-counter pain reliever as needed and see us soon.
If a tooth is cracked or broken, then rinse with warm water and use cloth or gauze to control bleeding, and a cold compress to ease facial swelling. If pieces of your tooth are lost, try to recover them and bring them with you to the office in a sealed container. Again, you can take a pain reliever to ease discomfort.
If a crown or filling is loose or lost, then avoid very sugary foods or drinks or items that are particularly hot or cold, as the exposed tooth is quite sensitive.
If a tooth is knocked out, place it in a glass of milk or salt water and bring it with you to the office!
Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Treating Dental Emergencies
Our team understands how to treat damaged teeth to prevent major complications! For more information on how we address common dental emergencies, then contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234.