Dental Tips Blog

Feb
11

When Does Accidental Trauma Become an Emergency?

Sometimes dental emergencies are obvious – you’re experiencing immense pain or have visibly damaged a tooth so severely that you know you’ve got to call your dentist right away. Other times, patients wonder if the accident that they just experienced is something to be alarmed about at all. At what point does an accidental bump or trauma to the mouth become a dental emergency and require emergency dental care?

If you’re in pain, call your dentist.

Should severe pain happen after the accident, or pain develops shortly thereafter, then let your dentist know. Sometimes the damage is internal and can’t be seen, so your dentist will take an x-ray to determine if there are conditions such as root fractures, abscesses, or to nearby teeth. Even if the pain involves the gums or lips, your dentist can help provide wound care or sutures.

If damage is visible, call your dentist.

If your tooth is mobile, broken, or discolored, then call your dental office immediately. Don’t wait. If part of the tooth broke off, then place it in a cup of water or milk and bring it with you.

If everything looks ok, watch your tooth.

Sometimes damage will not be evident until later, even for several years. If the tooth appears stable and it does not become discolored over the next several days, and no swelling along the gumlines erupt, then chances are you’re off the hook! Continue to see your dentist every 6 months and let them know what happened so that an x-ray can be taken just to make sure nothing else is going on that can’t be seen from the outside.

Posted on behalf of Dr. David Janash, Park South Dentistry

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Jan
17

What To Do with Fractured or Broken Teeth

As you were out playing ball, you took a hit to the face, and now your tooth is cracked? Or did you fall and land right on your mouth, only to find you now broke your front tooth in half? Your teeth are very strong but they can crack, fracture, or break from time to time depending on how they are impacted.

No matter what the injury was: biting something hard, getting hit in the face, or falling. It’s all scary! And most of the time it does hurt. That does depend on where you have fractured or broken your tooth. Areas where there is a nerve will make the fracture or break more painful. And it is possible the pain may just be in and out.

A broken tooth calls for emergency dental care:

Cracked or Fractured Teeth:

Be aware that if you have cracked or fractured your teeth you cannot treat them at home. You will want to be seen by a dental professional as soon as possible because nerve endings can be out in the open and could be damaged if not treated soon.

Broken Teeth:

If you have broken your teeth then you also need to see a dentist immediately. Your dental professional will be able to determine what to do next to treat the broken area.

If you cannot get an appointment right away there are some things you can do to treat the injury.

  • Keep your mouth clean by rinsing with warm water.
  • Apply pressure if the tooth is bleeding.
  • Apple a cold pack to relieve swelling and pain
  • Take an over the counter pain medication.

Posted on behalf of Dr. David Janash, Park South Dentistry

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