February 28, 2017
Dental emergencies come in all varieties — from a broken tooth in the middle of the day to a severe toothache at 2 am. So what do you do when the unexpected happens to you? First, call your emergency dentist in Killeen. The team at ACE Dental is prepared to handle your urgent situations!
What Counts as a Dental Emergency?
Don’t put off necessary dental care because you don’t recognize your situation as a true emergency. In general, if you are bleeding from the mouth, have broken anything, or are experiencing prolonged pain, you need to see the dentist ASAP. But for uncontrolled bleeding or broken bones in the jaw, head straight to the emergency room.
What you do right after your emergency occurs can ultimately affect whether or not we are able to save your tooth, and how quickly (and comfortably) we restore your oral health. We’ve listed how to proceed in the most common dental emergencies below.
- Knocked out tooth: Find the tooth! Rinse it off (don’t touch the root) and store it in its empty socket or in a cup of milk or water.
- Broken tooth: Find larger pieces for possible reattachment.
- Broken filling or dental work: Attempt to repair the dental work with toothpaste or denture adhesive. Call us right away.
- Dislodged tooth: Try to (gently) work the tooth back into the proper position. Do not force the tooth.
- Toothache: Take Tylenol or Aleve until you can reach our office.
- Something lodged between teeth: Try to remove it with dental floss. Never approach your teeth or gums with your own tools.
- Child’s toothache: Find out if discomfort is caused by something stuck in the teeth. Help the child brush, floss, and rinse. If pain persists, call the dentist right away.
Avoiding Dental Emergencies
There’s no way to altogether prevent a dental emergency from happening to you or a loved one, but you can take some steps to reduce your risk of tooth injury or damage. Always wear a protective mouthguard when playing contact sports — even non contact sports (like gymnastics, softball, or track and field) can put the smile at risk of injury. People who grind their teeth at night should also wear a nightguard to protect the tooth enamel.
Additionally, many dental emergencies are caused by using the teeth to open packages or break through plastic. Just don’t do it! Always take the time to find scissors or an appropriate tool. Remember your teeth are there for chewing, smiling, and speaking!
Come See Us When You Need a Dentist
Are you in need of emergency dental care? Don’t delay treatment while a dentist tries to work you into their schedule. We will never leave you waiting in pain, so feel free to call or walk into one of ACE Dental’s convenient locations as soon as the unexpected happens to you or someone you love!
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