Things to Know About Emergency Dentistry

Things to Know About Emergency Dentistry

Posted by One Health Dental on Jun 12 2021, 06:16 AM

Things to Know About Emergency Dentistry

Did you have an accidental fall and damage your teeth? Are you experiencing severe pain in a tooth or your jaw? Do you have a dental abscess? 

In all of these cases, emergency dentistry is the immediate solution. By receiving the necessary emergency dental care in due time, you can save your teeth, as well as prevent infections and further damage. 

What Is a Dental Emergency?

The American Dental Association defines a dental emergency as a potentially life-threatening condition that requires immediate treatment. 

Here are a few examples of some common dental emergencies:

  • Severe toothache
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Painful gums
  • Jaw or jawbone pain

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies?

You can prevent dental emergencies by taking the necessary precautions when engaged in activities that run the risk of potential injuries. For instance, if you are playing a sport, make sure to wear a mouthguard.

To prevent dental emergencies, you must also take proper care of your dental health by following a regular oral routine and visiting your dentist at least twice a year. 

What to Do In Case of a Dental Emergency?

  • More often than not, the steps you take after a dental incident can make the difference between losing your teeth or saving them.
  • Some dental emergencies require immediate help, while others can be put off until the dental office opens the next day. 
  • Here is a list of scenarios and a few tips on how to treat yourself before reaching our office for proper treatment: 
  • If your tooth falls out, you should put it in milk making sure you avoid touching the root.
  • If your jaw is swollen, apply a cold compress to alleviate the pain.
  • If you have a chipped or a broken tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water and use a piece of gauze to stop the bleeding.  
  • If you have soft-tissue damage (bleeding in the tongue or cut in the inside of your mouth), clean your mouth with warm water, and apply a cold compress to halt the bleeding.

If you have a dental emergency, do not hesitate to contact One Health Dental. Our dentists are highly skilled in emergency dentistry and trained in providing treatment to quickly alleviate pain and discomfort. Call (214) 275-4808, book an appointment online, or visit us at 4801 S Buckner Blvd suite 800, Dallas, TX 75227 and we’ll be ready to assist you.


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