What should you do if you have a chipped tooth, or if one that is knocked out? These are examples of an emergency situation, one that requires immediate attention from your dentist. Your Garland, TX, dentist provides emergency care, and also has a few tips for limiting discomfort in the time between your accident and when you walk into our office for treatment.
Should I Be Concerned About a Damaged Tooth?
Yes! If you chip or crack a tooth, then the sensitive inner structure is exposed to harmful bacteria, which means a greater risk of cavities and infection forming and threatening the stability of your smile. If you chip or crack tooth, then rinse your mouth with warm water and use a cold compress against the side of the face to reduce swelling. If there is bleeding, cloth or gauze could help stem it. Then see us as soon as possible. If you knock a tooth out completely, then be sure to pick the tooth up by the crown, never touch the root, and place it in a glass of milk or salt water. Bring it with you when you see us. In the meantime, again a cold compress can address swelling and cloth or gauze can help control bleeding.
What If My Restoration is Loose?
If a crown or filling comes loose or falls out, then see us right away. As with a damaged tooth, a compromised restoration exposes the tooth to bacteria. Bring the restoration with you and avoid sugary foods and drinks, or foods and beverages that are hot or cold, as the exposed tooth will be very sensitive.
I Have Something Stuck in My Tooth!
If an object becomes lodged between your teeth and cannot be removed with floss, see us right away. Never use anything other than floss to dislodge the object, as this could lead to damaged gum tissue. If you begin to experience severe toothaches suddenly, let us know as well, as this could point to a cavity or infection. If you have any questions about addressing emergency situations, or if you find yourself with a damaged tooth, then let us know right away. We will set up an appointment at your earliest convenience and help return your smile to optimal health, function, and beauty. In fact, with dental bonding we may be able to repair a tooth in just one visit!
Do You Need Emergency Dental Care?
Don’t ignore a damaged tooth or compromised restoration, let us address your emergency situation quickly. To find out more about emergency dentistry, schedule a consultation by calling Mai Dentistry in Garland, TX, today at 972-530-0552. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese.