Dental emergencies are unanticipated oral concerns involving your teeth and the supporting tissues. They must be addressed at the earliest to prevent further complications. Infections or injuries involving your oral cavity can be painful, and if emergency care is not availed promptly, it can have long-lasting implications on your dental health. But before reaching out for professional help, you can take some home care measures to minimize the damage to your oral structures.
At Dicus Family Dentistry, we offer emergency services to attend to our patient’s urgent dental needs.
What to Do In Dental Emergencies?
The primary symptom of a dental problem is felt through a toothache or when something is stuck between your teeth. It does not always require medical attention, but if you notice inflammation or swelling along with pain, seek professional help at the earliest. In the meanwhile, apply a cold compress to soothe the pain.
- Chipped or Cracked Teeth
Biting on hard objects can cause the tooth to chip or even crack. This may cause tooth decay or extreme tooth sensitivity if left untreated. Dental attention is necessary to prevent any further damage to the teeth.
- Broken or Knocked-Out Teeth
Mishaps or high-impact force that causes your teeth to break or get knocked off requires emergency care. It is vital to safeguard the broken tooth as it is possible to attach it back to the socket. In such situations, the tooth must be held by the crown to taint the tissue fragments attached to the broken tooth. Use clean gauze to stop bleeding, and contact your dentist at the earliest.
- Soft Tissue Injury
The soft tissues in the mouth are your lips, gums, and tongue. When these areas incur an injury, it is considered a dental emergency and should be attended to immediately. The cuts or tears must be rinsed with warm water before applying pressure using gauze to control the bleeding.
- Broken Restorations
Though the wires and brackets used in braces are rigid and are designed to withstand daily wear and tear while chewing or even talking, they can sometimes break and injure your gums and cheek. It causes discomfort and slows down moving the teeth to their ideal positions. Therefore, reach out to your dental care provider to get the braces restored.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies?
- Schedule regular dental exams
- Practice good oral hygiene at home
- Avoid using your teeth as tools.
- Don’t munch on ice, pens, candies, etc.
Please reach out to Dicus Family Dentistry at 15 McCabe Drive, #201, Reno, NV 89511, to have a consultation with our dentist. Call us at (775) 828-7246 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.