What You Should Do During Dental EmergenciesSunday, October 2nd, 2016
A sudden toothache, a broken tooth, and lost teeth all are examples of dental emergencies. If you should experience any of these problems, you can call on our team at Advanced Smile Arts for help.
Our dentist, Dr. Mike Fuesting, knows that getting emergency dental care as soon as possible is a priority and improves your treatment options.
Call 217-703-4536 as soon as you are able in a dental emergency to get the help that you need at our dentist office in Danville, IL.
Keep reading to learn what you should do during different kinds of dental emergencies, and some steps you can take to reduce your risk of such an emergency.
► Dental emergency: Toothache
The bottom line is that your teeth should not cause you pain. If they are, then something is wrong.
In the case of a toothache, that pain can indicate an infected tooth, possibly as a result of untreated tooth decay or gum disease.
In some cases, this pain can be the result of something getting stuck in your gums. You can try using dental floss the clean around the tooth where you feel the pain.
Call Advanced Smile Arts as soon as you can if the pain persists. You may want to take an over-the-counter pain reliever to help.
Dr. Fuesting wants to help end your pain as soon as possible. If an emergency root canal treatment is needed, just know that we do offer sedation dentistry to alleviate the pain of your toothache and to prevent pain during the procedure.
☐ Preventive steps: To avoid the kind of toothache described above, you should practice preventive dental care. The means following the American Dental Association’s guidelines for dental hygiene.
At home, remember to brush your teeth twice each day for two minutes and to floss or find another way to clean between your teeth and gums daily.
Also, make regular appointments at Advanced Smile Arts for professional dental cleanings. During your visits, our team members will remove plaque and tartar buildup. If you have tooth decay or gum disease, we can treat it before it turns into a tooth infection.
► Dental emergency: Broken Tooth
Broken teeth can result from traumatic injuries. This can happen if you are struck in the face with an elbow in pickup basketball game, if a softball hits you in the mouth during a recreational game with your co-workers, or if you fall into something.
If this happens, try to find the pieces if you can.
It’s possible that you will be bleeding. If that’s the case, you should rinse your mouth with water. If the bleeding continues, use gauze to apply pressure until the bleeding stops. Then rinse your mouth again, if needed.
A broken tooth can be sharp, so you should cover it with gauze or dental wax. This will help prevent accidentally cutting the soft tissue of your mouth.
Take a pain reliever if needed, and again, call Advanced Smile Arts as soon as you are able.
With a broken tooth, we can repair the tooth with a dental crown. A temporary crown may be necessary at first. And again, we can use dental sedation to alleviate your pain during the procedure.
☐ Preventive steps: This kind of injuries can’t be anticipated. If they could, we would avoid the situations that cause them.
With that in mind, you should wear an athletic mouthguard while participating in any high-impact sport. The mouthguard won’t prevent the collision, but it can minimize the damage or protect your teeth if such a collision does occur. A custom-fitted athletic mouthguard provides the most protection.
► Dental emergency: Lost tooth
You could lose teeth as a result of the traumatic injuries described above.
Find the tooth if you can and pick it up by the crown, not the root. You should rinse the tooth and rinse out your mouth if you are bleeding. Again, use gauze to stop the bleeding and rinse again if needed.
Try to place the tooth back in its socket. If it will stay, leave it there until you are able to see Dr. Fuesting. If it won’t stay, place the tooth in a container of milk and bring it will you when you come to Advanced Smile Arts.
In some cases, it may be possible to save the tooth. In many instances, however, replacing the tooth will be your best option. We can use a dental implant and dental crown to restore the appearance of your smile and the function of your missing tooth.
☐ Preventive steps: Again, wearing an athletic mouthguard during high-impact sports is your best protection against this kind of injury.
Making An Appointment Now Can Prevent Emergencies Later
No one knows when or where a dental emergency will occur. However, you can take steps to reduce your risk of needing emergency dental care.
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