Emergency Dental Services
If you're in need of emergency dental services in Apple Valley, Dr. Shain has you covered. Dental emergencies are frightening and often times painful. Prompt treatment is needed to alleviate pain and save your teeth. Dental emergencies involving trauma can include fractured teeth, the loss of fillings, crowns, and abscesses, or having a tooth knocked out. Below are some types of dental emergencies and how to handle them:
Avulsed Tooth (Knocked Out Tooth))
If you knock a tooth clean out of your mouth, it is essential that you see your dentist immediately. Tissues, nerves, and blood vessels become damaged when you lose a tooth, but if it can be placed back into its socket within an hour, you could save the tooth. If you do lose a tooth, immediately call the dentist. Pick up the tooth by the crown end and rinse it under warm water. DO NOT TOUCH THE ROOT. If possible, place it carefully back into its socket, tuck it into the cheek, or place it into a cup of milk, saliva, or water (as a last resort). You don't want your tooth to dry out. Then, get tot the dentist as soon as possible.
Lost Filling or Crown
If you lose a filling or a crown, (usually while eating) the affected tooth can become sensitive to temperature and pressure changes. Assuming you didn't accidentally swallow it, keep it in a safe, cool area, and bring it to your dentist for an appointment as soon as possible. If your dentist is not immediately available, you can apply clove oil to the tooth to alleviate pain. You can clean the crown and simply replace it on the tooth if it fits. If you lose the crown, call your dentist immediately. Don't use any kind of glue to attach the crown.
Cracked or Broken Teeth
Teeth are strong, but they are still prone to fractures, cracks, and breaks. Should any of these things happen, immediately call the dentist. If a piece of the tooth has fragmented off, rinse the tooth and mouth with lukewarm water. If there is bleeding, apply gauze to the area for ten minutes. To minimize swelling and pain, you can place a cold, damp dishtowel on the outside of the cheek. In the event there is no way to see the dentist immediately, cover the affected area with over-the-counter dental cement.
Soft Tissue Lacerations
To stop the bleeding, place a clean, wet towel over the damaged tissue, and firmly compress. Hold it in that position until you can reach your dentist.