Dental emergencies often come unexpected and can cause a lot of pain. Immediate treatment is essential to alleviate the pain and ensure the teeth have the best chance of survival. Taking a hard blow to the mouth, having a bad fall, or a sports-related injury can severely damage the teeth by causing chipping, cracks, or even fractures. In other cases, your teeth restorations such as crowns, fillings, veneers, or bridges may loosen, break, or entirely fall off. If the condition causes severe pain, you need to get dental attention at the earliest. If not, it may jeopardize one's health to a great extent.
Avulsed or completely knocked off tooth can result in severe pain and bleeding. When the tooth is knocked off, it affects the surrounding gums, nerves, and blood vessels. If you get to a dentist soon enough, i.e., within an hour, the dentist can put the tooth back in place, and the chances of tissues growing back around it are higher. Here is what you can do in such a situation:
- Call our office immediately and inform us of the situation.
- Collect the knocked off tooth by holding its crown. Do not touch the root as the microbes in your hand can infect it.
- Place the tooth in a glass of milk to ensure it doesn't go dry.
- Control the bleeding with a clean piece of gauze. Try to apply pressure on the injured area to stop the bleeding.
- You may use a cold pack to get relief from the pain and to reduce swelling.
When you're biting or chewing food, your oral restoration could loosen and fall off. The exposed region can be highly sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, and any microbes entering it can cause an infection. If a crown or veneer has fallen off, collect it and bring it to our dental practice as it may still be placed in position with the help of dental adhesives. However, do not try to glue it all by yourself as it can be quite risky.
Cracked or broken tooth
Though the enamel is the strongest substance in our body, it can crack under high forces, prolonged stress, or due to excessive grinding. In most cases, a cracked tooth could be painless. But, if the crack has progressed on to the root, it can put the tooth at risk of crumbling. If the tooth bleeds, use a clean piece of gauze to apply pressure on it. Place a cold compress or a damp dishtowel on the cheek to control the swelling. Get to a dentist immediately to get it treated.
Reach out to our dental office immediately in the case of dental emergencies, and we'll be happy to assist you at the earliest. Call us at (480) 345-7413 and we will help you as soon as possible.