Posted by Prestigious Smiles on Jun 15 2021, 10:17 PM
Unexpected dental issues can occur at any time and at anywhere. Whether you fell off while playing sports, had an event resulting in a loose tooth, or have a terrible toothache, accidents can cause immediate tooth injury. Knowing what to do during an accident can mean the difference between preserving and losing a tooth.
When a dental emergency that necessitates immediate dental care occurs, Prestigious Smiles Dentistry offers same-day procedures to help our patients ease symptoms and repair their damaged teeth.
A dental emergency can be any dental issue that needs immediate medical attention to stop bleeding, relieve pain, or save a tooth.
Some of the common dental emergencies include the following:
- Toothache:A pain in the tooth can indicate numerous dental conditions, like tooth decay, infection, etc. Though mild toothaches do not require urgent medical care, it is crucial to seek medical attention if you observe any signs like swelling.
- Chipped or broken tooth:Biting down on something hard can chip or break your tooth. If it causes pain, rinse your mouth with warm water, place a gauze piece if there is bleeding, apply a cold compress on the area on your face near the affected tooth and seek medical attention.
- Knocked-out tooth:When your tooth is knocked out, pick up the tooth by its crown and clean it with water if it is dirty. Try to put it back in place and seek immediate medical attention.
- Lost filling or crown:If you have dental crowns or fillings, it means you had a previously damaged tooth that was restored. So if your crowns or fillings break, seek immediate medical care to prevent more damage or reinfection.
- Broken Braces Wires: If your orthodontic brace's wire breaks or sticks out of a band, try to push the wire into a convenient position. If you can't reposition it, secure the ends using orthodontic wax or a piece of gauze and visit us as soon as possible.
- Abscess:Infections in the mouth can be severe and needs urgent medical care to prevent its spread to the adjacent teeth, gum tissue, and the body.
- Bleeding and pain after tooth extraction:Some post-op pain and bleeding are normal after tooth extraction. But if these continue even after an hour, place a gauze pad over the bleeding extraction site, and visit your dentist.
Precautions to avoid dental accidents
- While taking part in sports or games, wear a mouthguard.
- Do not chew or bite hard objects like ice, hard candy, etc.
- Do not tear or cut hard things using your teeth.
If you meet a life-threatening medical emergency, call 9-1-1. However, if you have a non-life-threatening dental urgency, call our dental office in Houston, TX, at (281) 880-6666). At Prestigious Smiles Dentistry, we save time in our daily schedule to meet patients requiring emergency dental care.