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By Stonebridge Ranch Smiles
December 19, 2018
Category: Oral Health

For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.

Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.

If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.

If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.

When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.

When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment. Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.

And as for Noah Galloway:  In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!

If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”

By Stonebridge Ranch Smiles
September 06, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental emergency  

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, dental emergencyTX, 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.

Loose tooth

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 tooth

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

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.

By Stonebridge Ranch Smiles
July 11, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental emergency  

Accidents happen. Know how to handle one if a dental emergency happens to you.

While a true dental emergency may have you in a panic, staying calm and knowing what to do will certainly help you in the long run. dental emergencyWhile dental emergencies require care from your McKinney dentist Dr. Kenneth Sharp, it might be difficult to know exactly what constitutes an emergency and what problems can be treated within a couple days. Find out true dental emergencies and how to handle them.

Here are some handy tips for how to handle certain dental emergencies in McKinney:

  • If a permanent tooth has been knocked out, it’s important that it doesn’t dry out. Always handle the tooth by the crown and never the roots. If there is debris on the tooth, try to gently rinse it off before trying to place it back into the socket. If this isn’t possible, get an emergency tooth preservation kit from your local drugstore on the way to seeing emergency dentist in McKinney (a knocked-out tooth needs to be treated right away).
  • If a tooth has been cracked, try to rinse the tooth out with warm water to clean the area and try and remove any bacteria or debris. If you experience swelling, try applying a wrapped ice pack on the affected side.
  • If you have a toothache, you can try over-the-counter pain relievers or numbing gels like Orajel™, Ultimately tooth pain needs to be treated because it could mean the presence of a cavity or infection. Don’t ignore toothaches!
  • If you or a child bites their cheek or tongue, gently clean it with water and wrap with gauze. If bleeding doesn’t stop after 15 minutes, or if bleeding is severe, you may need to go to the local emergency room.

Don’t mess around with the health of your smile. If you are dealing with any of the problems above then it’s time you visited our McKinney, TX dental office for immediate care. Stonebridge Ranch Smiles is here to cater to all of your family’s dental needs. Call us right away.