Treating dental emergencies at the earliest is crucial in preventing severe damage to the teeth and the mouth as a whole. Some of the common dental emergencies that we encounter are broken teeth, avulsed teeth, chipped or cracked teeth, injured soft tissues, failed restorations, etc. Here's how these dental emergencies can ideally be treated.
Broken teeth: The teeth may break, chip, or crack when you take a hard blow to the mouth. Athletes who train quite regularly are more prone to oral injuries that can damage the teeth. In such instances, patients can experience severe pain and bleeding. If the tooth is left untreated, the microbes in the mouth can enter the root canal cavity and infect the dental pulp. Hence, it is best if you get the tooth restored as soon as possible. When you sustain the injury, rinse the mouth with cold water to remove the blood. You may use a piece of gauze to control the bleeding and a cold pack to reduce pain and swelling. Rush to a dentist immediately for treatment.
Avulsed teeth: An avulsed tooth is one that has wholly been uprooted from the socket. But, if you can reach the dentist within an hour of the incident, the avulsed tooth can be put back in the mouth to allow it to adhere to the surrounding soft tissues. Control the bleeding using a piece of gauze. If you find the tooth, rinse it with clean water holding only the tooth crown. Touching the tooth root can infect it. It would be better to place it in a glass of milk while bringing it to the dental practice.
Injured soft tissues: When the soft tissues of the mouth, such as the lips, soft inner lining, or the tongue, are injured, it can lead to severe bleeding. If the wound isn't treated, microbes can infect the tissues by entering through the cuts or bruises. As first aid, you can put pressure on the wound using a clean piece of gauze and place a cold pack or a damp washcloth on the cheek to reduce swelling. When you visit the dentist, suitable medication will be suggested to facilitate optimum healing.
Dr. Felahy will provide immediate dental care for all your dental emergencies. He understands the pain and offers the right treatment at its earliest.
At Sunset Oak Dental, Dr. Felahy and his efficiently trained dental team will provide you the best dental care in case of a dental emergency. Call us at (916) 435-5111. You are always welcome to visit us at our office in Rocklin, CA.