Dental emergencies put your oral health at risk, yet too many of us don't know what to do when an emergency situation occurs. McKinney, TX, dentist Dr. Kenneth Sharp of Stonebridge Ranch Smiles discusses common emergencies and explains how you should handle them.
Knocked out tooth
Any blow to your mouth can knock out a tooth. If the tooth can be found, there's a chance that it can be reimplanted. Time is very important when dealing with a knocked out tooth. When you receive treatment within an hour or two of your accident, the tooth is much more likely to successfully reimplant.
After locating a knocked out tooth, rinse it to remove dirt and debris. Place the tooth in the socket without forcing it. If the tooth won't fit in the socket, don't panic. Find a small container, place the tooth inside and cover it with your own saliva or milk. Make sure that the milk or saliva is deep enough to keep the tooth covered during your trip to our McKinney office.
Injuries can also loosen teeth and may even move them out of their normal position. If possible, gently push your tooth back into its usual location. Don't touch the tooth, chew on that side of your mouth or put pressure on it. Prompt treatment is also essential for loose or dislodged teeth.
Broken teeth don't just look terrible; they can also be very painful. Adding dental cement to the broken edges can dull the pain until you receive emergency treatment. Over-the-counter pain medications and ice packs can also be helpful.
Dental abscesses cause pain, swelling in your face or jaw, fever and swollen lymph nodes. Treating the bacterial infection that caused the abscess is crucial. You'll need a root canal to save your tooth.
Let us know immediately if you or your family members experience any of these emergencies. Call McKinney, TX, dentist Dr. Kenneth Sharp of Stonebridge Ranch Smiles at (972) 984-1882 to schedule both emergency and regular dental visits.