A dental emergency is simply any sudden pain or damage that occurs to the teeth, jaw, or gums. If the problem is potentially life threatening then we will advise you to call 911 or proceed to the emergency room right away. Otherwise, your dentist can take a look and schedule a visit for you. In addition, there are steps you can take to alleviate your discomfort. How do you address a dental emergency?
If you break or chip a tooth, try to see if you can find any of the missing pieces. If you can recover them, bring the pieces to the office with you. We also suggest placing a cold compress against the side of the face to reduce swelling and using a piece of gauze to stem any bleeding. When you arrive at the office, we may repair the tooth with either dental bonding or by placing a restoration, such as a dental crown or veneer. If you don’t seek treatment for a chipped tooth then you end up exposing sensitive inner tissue to bacteria, allowing cavities or infection to develop.
If you have a sudden toothache or sensitivity that lasts more than 48 hours, then you should see a dentist right away. These are often common warning signs of cavities or even a dental infection. First, try flossing on either side of the tooth to make sure something isn’t caught between them. Then, schedule a visit with your dentist for an examination and to discuss possible treatment options. If you have a cavity, then the dentist may place a filling. If the tooth is infected, a root canal can restore it to optimal function and health.
If you lose a tooth, pick it up by the crown and never touch the root. Rinse the tooth under running water to remove dirt and debris, then place it in a glass of milk or salt water and bring it to the office with you.
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We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Corbet Locke, DDS, please contact us at (254) 776-4888. Our office welcomes patients living in Waco, Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and Central Texas.