Dental emergencies such as broken teeth, excruciating pain in the teeth or jaw, severe dental abscess, failed restorations, injured tongue, cheeks, lips, etc., can put you in a state of worry. In such situations, getting timely medical attention is crucial. If you feel it's a life-threatening medical emergency, call 9-1-1 at the earliest. But in case of non-life-threatening dental emergency situations, you may reach Park Creek Dental Care, and we will arrange for an emergency visit at the earliest.
What are common dental emergencies?
- Broken teeth: An external blow to the face, a bad fall, an accident, or a sports-related incident can cause a broken tooth and bleeding.
- Avulsed tooth: A tooth that is completely uprooted from its socket is called an avulsed tooth. An avulsed tooth's blood vessels and nerves within and around it will also be disturbed, leading to severe bleeding and pain.
- Failed restoration: If a patient's ceramic restorations fall off due to wear, the underlying tooth structure will get exposed to the microbes and bacteria in the mouth and potentially lead to an infection.
- Injured soft tissues:An accidental bite or trauma can lead to the injury or bruising of the mouth's soft tissues and bleeding.
What to Do In Case of a Dental Emergency?
Most often, the steps you take once a dental emergency happens can make the difference between losing teeth or saving them.
Here are our tips on how to treat yourself before reaching our dental office for emergency dental care:
- If your tooth has fallen out, pick it up by its crown and place it back in the socket or in milk without touching the root. If you reach us within an hour, our dentist may be able to re-attach the tooth back.
- If you sustain an oral injury that leads to a chipped or broken tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water and use a clean gauze to stop the bleeding. Applying a cold compress over the injured area can help reduce swelling.
- If you have a soft-tissue injury like a cut in the tongue or cheeks that causes bleeding, rinse your mouth gently using warm water and apply a cold compress to stop bleeding.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies?
- Do not bite on hard objects or food items, especially if you have dental restorations in your mouth.
- Do not tear or cut any objects with your teeth to avoid any dental damage.
- Wear a mouthguard while taking part in sports and games.
- Follow good oral hygiene practices.
To learn more about our dental services or schedule a consultation, call Dentist in Woodstock, GA at (470) 601-7888 or visit Park Creek Dental Care, 8080 Hickory Flat Hwy, Woodstock, GA 30188