When a dental emergency happens, you need to give us a call, even when it happens outside of normal business hours. But in the meantime, you can take steps to ease discomfort and prevent complications. In today’s blog, your Garland, TX, dentist offers tips for addressing common dental emergency situations.
When you have a tooth that hurts suddenly, then gently floss on either side of it and then rinse with warm water. If this fails to ease discomfort, then take an over-the-counter pain reliever and give us a call. You could have a serious case of tooth decay or a dental infection that needs immediate attention.
Objects Caught Between Teeth
If you have something stuck between your teeth, then you should use floss to gently attempt to dislodge the object. If this fails, never use anything other than floss, as you risk damaging your teeth or gums. Instead, give us a call and arrange a time to see us so we can help!
Chipped or Cracked Teeth
If you have a cracked or chipped tooth, see if you can recover any pieces and bring them with you. If not, we can still repair the tooth. First, rinse with warm water and then use cloth or gauze to control the bleeding. A cold compress or ice pack against the side of the face could control facial swelling. You can take an over-the-counter pain reliever and then see us as soon as possible. Often, we can repair minor damage in only one visit!
Knocked Out Teeth
If a tooth is knocked out, then pick it up by the crown, never touch the root. Gently rinse away dirt and foreign debris under running water, but take care to keep any tissues in place. Place it in a glass of salt water or milk and bring it with you to the office. If these aren’t available, you can place it into the socket and gently bite down to keep in place. See us as soon as you can!
Loose/Missing Crowns and Fillings
If you have a loose or missing crown or filling, this leaves the tooth exposed and vulnerable, increasing the risk of issues like tooth decay and infection, as well as serious aches and sensitivity. Avoid sugary foods or drinks, or items that are very hot or cold, due to the severity of the tooth. We can create and place a new restoration to safeguard your smile.
Do You Have Questions About Emergency Dentistry?
Our team wants to help address serious concerns when they happen, and not leave you waiting for care. To learn more about how we help safeguard smiles and repair them, then please 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.