No matter what kind of emergency you’re dealing with, the first steps are always the same: remain calm and follow the plan. If you’re in the midst of a dental emergency, then part of that plan must include immediately calling your emergency dentist in Taylor, TX, Dr. Aditi Gupta at ACE Dental. And nowadays, with the convenience of programming phone numbers into your cell phone, you can quickly reach either our Taylor office at (254) 939-7800 or our Belton, TX, office at (512) 352-7800.
Depending on the circumstances of your dental emergency, same day care may be necessary. Until you can get to our office, however, we want you to know how to handle different types of emergencies. Let’s take a look at some of the more frequent emergencies and what you should do.
Believe it or not, one of the most common dental emergencies we get called about is a toothache. Sometimes a toothache turns out to be nothing more than an annoyance, such as when you have something caught between your teeth and no matter how much you floss, it simply will not budge. We’ll be glad to help.
Other times, a particularly painful toothache may be an indication of an infected tooth. In this case, you will need to see Dr. Gupta as soon as possible, because root canal therapy may be necessary to remove the infection and preserve your tooth.
Cracked or Fractured Tooth
Depending on the severity of the crack or fracture, both the inside and outside of your tooth may be affected. After calling our office, rinse your mouth with warm water to clear away any debris. You can use a cold compress to minimize swelling if a blow to the face or your mouth caused the damage. Acetaminophen may also alleviate the pain.
A Knocked Out Tooth
Perhaps the most recognizable of all dental emergencies, a knocked out tooth demands immediate care. If you have the tooth, rinse it in clear running water and try to put it back in the socket by gently biting down. If this is not possible, then store the tooth in a sealed container filled with milk or a mild saline solution and head to our office immediately.
Call Your Emergency Dentist in Taylor, TX
If you experience any of the situations listed above, or if you aren’t sure whether or not you are dealing with an emergency, then contact ACE Dental in Taylor, TX, or our office in Belton, TX. We are ready to help.