Dental emergencies can strike at any time, and a lot of people have no idea what to do next. It is important that you are prepared for dental disasters because what you do after an emergency can save your smile. Read on to learn about various dental emergency situations that can occur and what you should do next from an emergency dentist in Carrollton.
Your Tooth Gets Knocked Out
If your tooth gets knocked out through injury in physical sports, a fall, or other trauma, pick it up by the crown. Be sure not to touch the root because you can damage the tissue that helps with reimplantation.
Make sure the tooth is clean and try to place it back in your socket until you can get to the dentist. This can increase your chance of saving your natural tooth, just make sure you don’t touch the root! If your face is swelling, apply a cold compress on the outside of the affected area to ease the swelling and numb some pain.
Call your dentist and try to get into their office within the hour. If they are closed, head to the emergency room for the care you need.
You Have a Broken, Cracked, or Chipped Tooth
If you break, crack, or chip a tooth, call your dentist and try to describe what happened as specific as possible. The more information you’re able to give them over the phone, the better chance they can treat you effectively in just one visit.
Its completely normal for you to not feel pain when a tooth is cracked or chipped, but if you do, don’t worry. If your tooth is broken into pieces, try to collect the pieces and keep them clean until you can see your dentist. If the affected area is bleeding, put gauze or a piece of cloth on the area until the bleeding subsides. You can also use a cold compress on the side of your face to ease any swelling.
You Are Bleeding from the Mouth
This could be a chronic or acute condition. If bleeding occurs when you brush or floss, you probably have gum disease which causes your gums to become tender, swollen, and bleeding.
If you’re bleeding in any other area of the mouth and the bleeding won’t stop from applied gauze or bandages, call your dentist immediately to get the help you need. Mouth bleeding isn’t normal, although bleeding gums are a common sign of gum disease.
You Have a Toothache
A toothache can mean multiple issues like decay, cavities, or even teeth grinding. It can turn from an annoyance into real pain, so be on the look out for any swelling that occurs. If you can reduce the swelling, typically that will reduce the pain you feel as well.
The best way to reduce inflammation yourself is to use the 3-3-3 method: take 3 Advils, 3 times a day, for 3 days. If you still feel pain after this, see your dentist in Carrollton. They can conduct a dental exam to make sure you don’t have any serious issues.
Now that you know some of the most common dental emergencies that can occur, you’re ready when a dental disaster strikes. Use the above tips to keep your smile safe!
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Marc Dandois has over 30 years of experience in dentistry, so he’s seen just about every emergency there is. He offers conscious sedation to make sure you are comfortable during emergency procedures. He currently runs his own practice where he can be contacted through his website or by phone at (972) 394-7007 for any questions.