When faced with a dental emergency, this could lead to a higher risk of tooth decay and infection without treatment, and also see negative changes to your smile’s appearance. In today’s blog, your Katy, TX, dentist talks about steps to ease the initial discomfort of a dental emergency.
When to See Our Office
When you or a member of your family sustain an injury to the teeth, or develop sudden pain in their smiles, then this is a dental emergency that requires immediate attention. Give us a call right away. If this happens outside of normal business hours, then let us know and we will contact you to schedule a visit as soon as possible. If your issue is potentially life threatening, then call 911 right away or proceed to the nearest emergency room. Our team can repair common dental emergencies and offer relief, but in the meantime you yourself can take action to limit discomfort until we can offer treatment.
Cracked or Chipped Teeth
A damaged tooth is a common dental emergency, and one that needs attention before the tooth develops painful cavities or infections. First, see if you can recover any pieces of the tooth and bring them with you. You should rinse with warm water and use cloth or gauze to control the bleeding. An ice pack or cold compress to the side of the face could reduce facial swelling. You can also take an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease discomfort.
Painful Toothaches and Objects Lodged Between Teeth
If you have a sudden toothache or swelling, or if something is caught between your teeth, then floss on either side of the tooth and then rinse with warm water. If this fails to bring relief or dislodge a trapped object, then let us know right away. Never use anything other than floss, as this could potentially damage gums or teeth.
If a tooth is knocked out, then don’t pick it up by the root. Only touch the visible portion, and then rise away any dirt or debris. Place the tooth in a glass of milk or salt water. Again, you can use gauze or cloth to address bleeding, and a cold compress can control facial swelling. An over-the-counter pain reliever could be useful as well.
Lose or Lost Fillings and Crowns
If a restoration is lost or missing, then see us right away and in the meantime, avoid very hot or cold food and drinks or items high in sugar, as the exposed tooth is very sensitive.
Your Katy, TX, Dentist Provides Emergency Dental Care
When you have a dental emergency, we can offer relief and repair. Call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849 for more information or to schedule your appointment.