What To Know About Dental Emergencies

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When you have chipped a tooth or even knocked one out, you need to see us for emergency dental care. Otherwise, you could run the risk of tooth decay or even a dental infection. But your Cleveland, TX, dentist has a few tips for easing discomfort and also protecting your smile from dental emergencies.

Common Dental Emergencies

Common examples of dental emergencies include any damage to the teeth, such as chips, cracks, and more severe breakage. A sudden toothache or an item caught between your teeth that floss cannot remove are also cause for concern. If a tooth is knocked loose or out completely, you need to see us right away. Likewise, if a filling, crown, or prosthetic is damaged or lost, sensitive tooth structure could be exposed to bacteria. When these concerns arise, give us a call, even outside of normal business hours. We will reach out with a time to see us so we can address these injuries before your smile’s health is further threatened!

Easing Discomfort Before Treatment

In the immediate aftermath, you can take action to ease your discomfort. If there is bleeding, use cloth or gauze to stem it. A cold compress to the side of the face can control swelling, and of course, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever. If you can, try to remove any pieces of a broken tooth and bring them with you to the office. If this isn’t possible, don’t worry, we can still repair your tooth. Be sure you bring a knocked-out tooth to us as well, in a sealed container of milk or salt water. Pick it up by the crown however, never touch the roots! If you have a damaged restoration, try to avoid very hot or cold foods and drinks, and be sure you avoid items high in sugar, as the exposed tooth is very sensitive.

Preventing Injuries

Our team can help you protect your smile! We can create a custom athletic mouthguard, one you can wear if you play full contact sports or martial arts. The appliance will provide a better level of protection than simple boil-and-bite store bought options. You should also take care to brush and floss daily, and enjoy a good diet. These actions help protect teeth from factors that could weaken them, such as tooth decay.

If you have any questions about emergency dentistry, then contact our team today.

Speak With Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Emergency Dentistry

At Cleveland Family Dentistry, we want you to have the information needed to ease discomfort following your injuries. To schedule an appointment, call our dental office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We also proudly serve patients and their families from Kingwood, New Caney, Conroe, Livingston, Huffman, and all surrounding communities.