When a dental emergency occurs, either to you or a close friend or family member, it’s very important that you stay calm and act quickly. Start by calling our office directly and one of our dentists in Kaufman will guide you over the phone on what you should do next. Thankfully, there are ways to improve your condition until you get to our office. If you experience any of the common dental emergencies below, you can start managing your issue right away!
When teeth become partially dislodged, this is not any less of a dental emergency than if it were knocked out. In order to give your tooth the best chance of reattaching, get to our office as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can take an over-the-counter painkiller like ibuprofen and apply a cold compress to your cheek. Avoid chewing with the affected tooth as much as possible until you get to our practice, which should be done within the hour.
Food debris and other foreign objects can easily get stuck in between teeth (especially if you have gapped teeth), resulting in discomfort. Start by using dental floss (particularly waxed floss) to remove the foreign object from between your teeth. You may also want to rinse your mouth out with warm water to loosen the debris beforehand if the initial flossing does not help. If you cannot get it out yourself, you may need professional help from our office. Do not use any pointed objects to remove debris from in between teeth, including toothpicks or bobby pins.
When a pocket of pus develops on the gum tissue, it’s typically because an advanced infection has developed. The infection most often forms on or near the root of the tooth, and in the worst-case scenario the tooth may need to be removed entirely if the infection has advanced too far. While you may experience severe tooth pain and fever, you can also create a saltwater mixture and rinse your mouth out throughout the day to alleviate this discomfort before you get to our office.
If you notice your tongue, lips or cheek bleeding, start by rinsing your mouth with salt water. This will work to clean the injured area. After applying a gauze pad to the laceration for about 10 to 15 minutes, place a cold compress to the wound for an additional 5 to 10 minutes. If bleeding does not stop, go to the emergency room before visiting our office.
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