Don’t be stressed out and confused about how to best treat a dental emergency.
While we all work hard to protect our teeth from damage, something accidents just happen that we can’t control. From the office of our Dallas and DeSoto, TX dentist Dr. Saheed Lawal-Solarin, learn more about some of the common dental emergencies that require immediate care.
A Knocked Out Tooth
This can be a pretty scary situation to experience, which is why it’s important that you know what to do in case it does happen to you. You will want to handle the knocked out tooth by the crown only (never the roots). Rinse it off with warm water and then try to place it back in the socket. If it doesn’t go back into place then tuck it between your cheek and the gums and come into our office right away. A knocked out tooth can be sometimes be reattached if you seek care within one hour after your injury.
Cracked or Fractured Tooth
Not everyone will know when they have cracked or fractured a tooth, but you may notice dental pain or extreme tooth sensitivity when chewing or putting any pressure on the tooth. In some cases, the crack may even be visible. A damaged tooth is also much weaker, which means that it can continue to incur damage if you aren’t careful. This is why it’s necessary to schedule an appointment right away. There are different ways to treat the problem based on the extent of the damage.
Pain is your mouth’s way of telling you that something is wrong. Whether you have sore bleeding gums or a throbbing tooth, any kind of pain means visiting our Dallas emergency dentist right away. There are many reasons why you could be experiencing pain, from cavities and gum disease to an abscessed tooth. The sooner you seek care the better.
Now you are armed with the knowledge you need to handle a dental emergency that may come your way. If in doubt, call Lantern Dental in Dallas and Desoto, TX to find out if it’s necessary to come into our office for care.