A dental emergency refers to a chipped or cracked tooth, or other non-life-threatening issues that impact your smile. There are steps you can take to protect your smile from injury, and measures that could limit discomfort following an injury. In today’s blog, your Garland, TX, dentist talks about dental emergency care.
To help prevent injuries, if you play sports or martial arts, talk to our team about a mouthguard. A custom-made one created by your dentist could offer more protection than the boil-and-bite options you pick up from a sporting goods store. You can also help by caring for your teeth. Routine care to keep enamel strong makes them less vulnerable to injuries. You should brush and floss daily, and also see our team for a checkup and cleaning visit every six months.
Addressing the Injury
When an injury occurs, you should let us know right away, even outside of normal business hours, so we can find a time to see you quickly. You can then take steps to help ease discomfort! For an aching tooth, or one with an object caught between it, rinse with warm water and floss one either side of the aching tooth. If this fails to remove an object or ease pain, then take a pain reliever and see us right away. If a tooth is chipped or broken, rinse with water and use cloth or gauze to control bleeding. A cold compress or ice pack could reduce facial swelling too. If a tooth is knocked out, then pick it up by the crown, not the root, and place it in a glass of salt water or milk. Bring it to the office with you! You can also take a pain reliever to ease pain after an injury. If a filling or crown is loose or lost, drink water and avoid foods and drinks that air very hot or cold, or that have a lot of sugar, as the exposed tooth is very sensitive.
Treatment from Our Team
For many minor injuries, we can offer repair in only one visit with dental bonding. We also have custom-made dental crowns for more severe injuries, which we can design to look natural and blend with your smile. If you have any questions about our approach to emergency dentistry, or if you or a family member has an injury that needs attention, then contact our team today! We can help repair and restore a smile.
LEARN MORE ABOUT EMERGENCY DENTISTRY
When you have a chipped or cracked tooth and want to seek repair and relief, then schedule a consultation today by contacting Mai Dentistry in Garland, TX at (972)-530-0552. You can also find our practice at 6850 N Shiloh Rd, Suite C Garland, TX 75044.