Emergency Dentist, Austin, TX
Emergency Dentist, Austin, TX
What may seem like a little toothache can result in big problems for your dental health if left untreated. Dental emergencies, such as pain in the teeth or gums should not be ignored, as potential infections may form or spread increasing pain, damage, and cost of treatment. Dental emergencies, like any serious medical condition, should be addressed by a professional as soon as possible.
In any of the following cases of dental emergencies, see a dentist as soon as possible. Common dental emergencies include:
An aching tooth might seem like a temporary problem, but when the pain doesn’t go away, it could be a sign of severe damage or infection. You should arrange to see your dentist as soon as possible to uncover the source of the pain. In the meantime, rinsing the site with warm water, removing any food particles from the area, and applying a cold compress to the cheek can assist with pain management and swelling.
If you chip or break a tooth, save any pieces you can, and use warm water to rinse the mouth of any broken pieces. Gauze may be applied to the injury for 10 minutes if any bleeding occurs. If 10 minutes is not sufficient to stop the bleeding, apply pressure until the bleeding stops, changing the gauze pads as needed. Apply ice or a cold compress near the damaged tooth to reduce swelling and manage pain.
Loose Or Missing Teeth
If a tooth is knocked out, hold it on the crown side (the section that shows above the gum line), and gently rinse the tooth root with water. Do not remove any lingering fragments, but do place the tooth in a small container of milk, water mixed with a pinch of salt, or a specialized product which contains cell growth medium. Arrange to see a dentist as soon as possible. You greatly increase the odds of returning the tooth to its original socket if treated within an hour of it falling out. For a tooth that is partially dislodged, touch the affected area as little as possible. A cold compress may be gently applied to the outside of the mouth if needed until professional dental help can be received.
Lost Filling Or Crown
If a filling is lost, a piece of sugarless gum or over-the-counter dental cement may be placed into the cavity as a temporary seal. If a crown is lost, place the crown in a zipped bag or sealed container and bring it with you to the dentist. A cotton swab treated with a hint of clove oil may be applied to the site of pain for temporary relief. If the crown can be placed back over the tooth before your visit, use a dental adhesive such as toothpaste, denture adhesive, or dental cement, but be sure to only use products that are approved for oral use.
Objects Jammed Between Teeth
If an object, such as food particles, is lodged between teeth and causing pain, first try using floss to gently pry the object loose. If this fails, see the dentist immediately. Do not scratch at the gums or teeth with sharp or pointed objects as this may worsen the damage.
Soft-tissue injuries include damage to the tongue, gums, cheeks, or lips which results in pain or bleeding. Stop bleeding with a mild saltwater solution, hold gauze to the area until bleeding ends, or use a cold compress on the outside of the mouth to reduce swelling. If bleeding continues and a dentist is unavailable, visit the hospital emergency room.
Damaged teeth, which may already have contaminants or contain cavities in which bacteria can thrive, are prone to infection or further infection. Abscess are infections found near the root of a tooth. They may also occur between teeth and gums. Left untreated, an abscess may damage tissue and other teeth. Infections may also spread beyond the mouth. Symptoms of an abscess include a pimple-like swelling on the gum. A mild saltwater solution may be used to relieve some pain.
Dental emergencies can be serious problems that require immediate attention. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, contact our office right away and we will fit you in immediately.
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