A dental emergency refers to damage or pain in your teeth, gums, or oral structures that isn’t life threatening, but still needs immediate attention. You should call us right away so we can find the best time to see you, even if the issue occurs outside of normal business hours. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO dentist explains how to respond to common dental emergency situations to ease discomfort.
Chipped or Cracked Teeth
When you damage a tooth, even if the damage doesn’t appear serious, you should let us know. Without treatment your tooth could be more likely to develop tooth decay or an infection. When a tooth is injured, then rinse with warm water and use gauze to control the bleeding. A cold compress or ice pack to the side of your face could stop swelling. If you recover any pieces of your tooth, do so and bring them with you. You can take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Toothaches or Objects Caught Between Teeth
When your tooth hurts or an object is stuck between them, then gently floss one either side of the aching tooth and rinse with warm water. If this fails to ease discomfort or remove an object, let us know. Never use anything other than floss, as you risk damaging your teeth or gums. A toothache could mean an infection or cavity that needs attention right away!
Loose or Missing Crowns or Fillings
When a crown or filling is loose or falls out, give us a call right away. Avoid sugary foods and drinks, or items very hot or cold, as the exposed tooth is very sensitive. Replacing the restoration is crucial for avoiding major discomfort or complications, so don’t hesitate to call us. You can take an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease aches until we can see you.
If a tooth is knocked loose or out, then rinse with warm water and again, try to control swelling with a bit of cloth or gauze. A cold compress or ice pack to the side of the face could stop swelling. Pick your tooth up by the crown, never touch the root. Gently rinse it under water to remove dirt, but don’t remove any tissues. Place it in a glass of salt water or milk, and bring it with you. If possible, you can also place it back into the socket and gently bite down to hold it in place until we can see you.
Talk To Your Kansas City, MO Dentist About Dental Emergencies
Addressing damage and discomfort quickly could help safeguard your smile against major complications, including infections. If you would like to learn more about how we address common dental emergencies, try scheduling an appointment by calling Plaza Family Dentistry in Kansas City, MO, at (816) 531-8000.