Like any accident, a dental emergency can happen at any time, and is usually quite inconvenient. An emergency involving a tooth usually involves damage to the tooth or surrounding connective tissues, and requires immediate attention to attempt to save the tooth. If your dentist’s office is not open at the time of your mishap, you should seek care at your nearest emergency room or hospital. A dental emergency can be any sudden, extreme problem related to any of your oral structures including your teeth, tongue, jaw, and throat.
Knocked Out Teeth
In the event that you sustain an injury to your mouth that results in a knocked out tooth, you should try to find the avulsed tooth and seek immediate care. Avoid touching the root, and lightly rinse the tooth under water. Gently try to place it back into the socket while holding it from the crown. If this cannot be accomplished, place the tooth in milk or hold it between your cheek and teeth to keep it moist. Try to seek medical attention within the hour, because this will give the tooth a better chance at possibly reattaching to bone.
It is a common misconception that you should place an aspirin directly on a painful tooth. In fact, this can be dangerous and cause burns to your sensitive gum tissue. However, it may be helpful to properly take over the counter pain relievers to lessen some of your pain. If your tooth is suddenly very painful, try to determine what is causing the pain. Rinse your mouth with warm water to loosen debris, and floss around the tooth gently. Place an ice pack on your outer cheek to reduce inflammation, and seek dental care if your pain persists.
Avoiding Dental Emergencies
You should never use your teeth to cut things, as this can damage your enamel and gum tissue. If you participate in sports, it is always a good idea to wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth. Also, avoid chewing on hard food items such as popcorn kernels, ice, and hard candies. These things can actually crack your tooth, or cause other damage.
About Your Fort Worth Family Dentist:
Dr. Bob Jing has served patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth for many years. Together with his caring, compassionate, and highly-skilled team at 7 Day Dental, Dr. Jing is dedicated to making good dental health available to as many people as possible. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation or appointment, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.