When a tooth is cracked or chipped or even knocked loose or out, this is an emergency situation that needs immediate attention. We’re ready to see you and offer dental repair, but we also have some tips to ease your discomfort until you can see us. In today’s blog, your Newport Beach, CA, dental practice talks about responding to dental emergencies.
When to See Our Team
You should see us anytime you develop pain in your smile to sustain an injury that isn’t life threatening, otherwise you should call 911 or proceed to the nearest emergency room. Common examples of dental emergencies include cracked or chipped teeth, objects caught between teeth, unexplained and sudden toothaches, loose or missing crowns and fillings, and teeth that have been knocked loose or out completely. You should give us a call right away so we can schedule a time to see you quickly, even if this occurs outside of normal business hours. you can then take steps to ease discomfort until we see you.
For broken or cracked teeth, you should rinse with warm water and use gauze or cloth to control any bleeding. If you can recover any pieces of your tooth, please do so and bring them with you. If this isn’t possible, then don’t worry, we can still repair your tooth. A cold compress or ice pack to the side of the face can control facial swelling, and you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever to stay comfortable until we see you.
If a crown or filling is loose or lost, then until we see you try to avoid every hot or cold foods and drinks, and steer clear of items high in sugar, as the exposed tooth is very sensitive.
Knocked Out Teeth
If a tooth is knocked out, don’t panic! Pick it up by the crown, never touch the roots, and place it in a glass of salt water or milk. You can rinse dirt away with running water, but keep any tissues in place. Again, cloth or gauze can control bleeding and a cold cross can address facial swelling until we see you. You can also take a pain reliever as needed.
Often, we can repair damaged teeth in one visit with bonding or contouring, and our team can also place lifelike dental crowns and restore knocked out teeth to their proper place. If you have any questions about emergency dentistry, then contact our team today.
Talk To Your Newport Beach, CA Dentist About Emergency Dentistry
We’re ready to help you avoid the complications of untreated dental damage. To find out more about treating or preventing emergency dental issues, contact Dr. Hofkes at Balboa Dental Surgery at (949) 630-0143 to discuss care today.