Dental emergencies are situations that occur when patients least expect them. They are dental problems that may cause them great pain or discomfort or put their smile’s health at immediate risk for damage. Many patients are unaware of what constitutes a dental emergency. A dental emergency may be any of the following situations:
A tooth that has been cracked or damaged
A tooth that has been knocked out
Damage to the soft tissues, including the tongue, lip, cheek, and gums
A severe toothache that does not resolve with simple over-the-counter pain medication
Objects stuck between the teeth that cause pain or bleeding
Continued bleeding after oral surgery procedures
These situations often need of same-day care, which is where an emergency dentist comes in handy! The team at Hebron Smiles reserves times throughout their day reserved for unexpected dental appointments for our emergency patients. Emergency patients at Hebron Smiles may or may not be existing patients. We work hard to ensure everyone has access to immediate care when they need it, regardless of whether they have visited our office in the past or are new to our practice.
When a dental emergency occurs, many patients are unsure as to how they should proceed. First, it is best to contact the emergency dentist to get an appointment. Then, our team of professionals may walk you through steps you can take to get comfortable or reduce risks until you are able to get into the office. Here are a few tips and tricks for common dental emergencies:
Knocked-out adult tooth – keep the tooth moist by either placing it back into the socket without touching the root or put is in a glass of milk. Bring the tooth to the dental office to see if it can be reattached by our team.
Cracked/broken tooth – immediately use warm water to rinse and clean the area and hold a cold compress to the face to reduce any swelling until you can get into the dental office.
Soft tissue damage – in most cases in which the tongue has been bit or the gum tissues have been cut, it is safe to clean and rinse the area with water before applying a cold compress to the face.
Toothaches – avoid using a medication such as aspirin directly on the tooth or gum tissues. Use dental floss to remove any food that may be caught between the teeth and contributing to the discomfort. Rinse the mouth with warm water.
Stuck objects – if there is an object stuck in the teeth that is resulting in bleeding or pain, such as a popcorn kernel, use floss gently to try to remove it. Do not try to remove the offending object with other instruments or sharp objects as this can further damage the soft tissues.
How to avoid dental emergencies
Not all dental emergencies can be avoided, but there are times patients can take certain steps to reduce their risk of experiencing a problem. For example, patients who are involved in high impact sports will want to ask the team at Hebron Smiles about the use of a mouth guard for sports involvement. Avoiding hard objects that can break the teeth, such as hard candy and chewing ice, will reduce one’s overall risk of cracking teeth or breaking restorations. Also, the teeth should never be used for cutting things, only scissors.
Care for dental emergencies in Carrollton, TX practice
The team at Hebron Smiles is here to help patients with their oral health care needs, even in a short-notice situation. If you need immediate dental assistance, call our practice, conveniently located at 1745 East Hebron Parkway, Suite #124 in Carrollton, Texas. Patients in this area are welcome to book an appointment with our team, Drs. Saleem, Hamidi, Athar, and Lemus by calling the front office at (972) 388-3320.