What To Do For A Dental Emergency
Knowing what to do in specific situations is important when it comes to properly handling dental emergencies. At Texas Dental Group, Dr. Nathan Memmott and our experienced team of dentists and dental hygienists are ready to help you the minute you call.
Read through the tips we’ve provided below to get a better idea of how to handle specific emergencies so you’ll know what to do in case it happens to you.
For A Toothache
You should first rinse your mouth with warm water. Then, use dental floss to remove any food debris that may have lodged itself near the aching tooth. If you’re experiencing any swelling, you can use a cold compress on the outside of your mouth or cheek for 15 minutes at a time.
You should avoid putting aspirin or a similar painkiller against your gums because it can burn your gum tissue and potentially cause more damage.
Call Texas Dental Group at (832) 791-1706 as soon as possible for further instructions.
For Chipped Or Broken Teeth
If possible, try to save any pieces of your tooth that have fallen out. Rinse your mouth with warm water and rinse off the broken tooth pieces. If you’re experiencing any bleeding, hold a piece of gauze to the area and apply gentle pressure for approximately 10 minutes or until the bleeding subsides.
If you’re experiencing swelling, apply a cold compress in 15-minute intervals to the outside of your mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken or chipped tooth. This will also help with any pain you may be experiencing.
Call Texas Dental Group at (832) 791-1706 as soon as possible to try to get a same-day appointment. The sooner you call, the better chance you have of getting in that day. However, if our Spring, TX dental office is closed, your call will be rerouted to Dr. Nathan Memmott’s cell phone. So even if you think it’s too late, still make the call.
If possible, find the tooth that has been knocked out and pick it up by the crown. Avoid touching the roots and rinse it off with warm water if it has gotten dirty. Avoid scrubbing the tooth or removing any tissue fragments.
If you can, try to place the tooth back in the socket it was knocked out of. Check that it’s facing the right way but don’t force it into the space. If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, place it in a small container of milk or your own saliva.
Call Texas Dental Group at (832) 791-1706 as soon as possible. We have the best chance of being able to save your tooth within the first hour after it has been knocked. If you can’t make it into our office that fast, we can give you instructions on what to do next.
An abscess is an infection around a tooth’s root or in the area between the gums and the teeth. Abscesses are very serious and can cause damage to the tissue and surrounding teeth. If left untreated, the infection can potentially spread to other parts of your body.
It’s important to visit our office as soon as possible to avoid the serious oral and general health problems that can result from the abscess.
If you notice swelling on your gum that looks similar to a pimple and is somewhat painful, call us right away at (832) 791-1706. In the meantime, rinse your mouth with salt water.
Soft Tissue Injuries
An injury to your tongue, cheek, gums, and lips can cause bleeding. It’s important to first get the bleeding under control. If that’s not possible, go to the emergency room.
To control the bleeding, first, rinse your mouth with a mild salt water solution. Apply gentle pressure with a piece of gauze or a tea bag to the bleeding site for 15-20 minutes.
Apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek to control swelling and pain.
Call (832) 791-1706 so we can provide further instructions based on your situation.
Be Prepared In Case Of An Emergency
Emergencies are certainly unsettling, but they don’t have to be terrifying. A little preparation goes a long way. For more information about dental emergencies and oral healthcare, call Texas Dental Group at (832) 791-1706.