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What to Do During a Dental Emergency: Tips from Dr. Thomas

March 10, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Ryan Thomas @ 9:03 pm

ThinkstockPhotos-145836109A dental emergency can occur at any time, and it’s an event that is nigh impossible to predict. When you or someone in your family is experiencing a dental emergency, you need to know that you have a reliable, experienced emergency dentist in your corner and within easy reach. At Highland Village Family Dentistry, our team is committed to providing the families in our community with fast, easily accessible emergency care, all backed by our dedication to gentle, exceptional care.

Is This a Dental Emergency?

Understanding what constitutes a dental emergency and how to react calmly will help immensely should the unexpected occur. The following are some first-aid tips to keep in mind:

  • Knocked out tooth – Retrieve the tooth, holding it carefully by the crown (the portion that is visible above the gum line). Gently rinse away any dirt or debris and try carefully to place the tooth back into its socket. It is important that you avoid removing any connective tissues that may be attached to the root. If replacing the tooth is not possible, place it in a small container or plastic bag with enough milk or saliva to completely cover it. Contact our office right away. It may be possible to save the tooth if it is replaced in a timely manner.
  • Broken tooth – Collect any pieces of tooth and gently rinse them with warm water. Sterile gauze may be applied with consistent pressure to staunch any bleeding. A cold compress applied to the outside of the mouth will help relieve inflammation and discomfort. Bring any pieces of tooth with you to our office.
  • Soft tissue injuries – Rinse the area with a mild salt water solution. Using sterile gauze, apply pressure to the bleeding area for up to 15 minutes. If bleeding continues, call our office to schedule an emergency appointment.
  • Severe toothache – Gently floss between the teeth to ensure that nothing is caught between them. An over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen may be used to alleviate pain. A toothache is a sign that something is wrong and should be addressed quickly to mitigate any further damage.

Urgent Care When You Need it Most

While it’s not always possible to prevent a dental emergency from occurring, you can be prepared. Keep our office’s phone number close at hand and remember the tips above. Your calm, quick action may be the very thing that saves a tooth or stops the pain during an emergency situation.

Our conveniently located Highland Village, TX dental office warmly welcomes patients from throughout the surrounding areas as well, including Flower Mound, Prosper, The Colony, Frisco, Lantana, Argyle, and beyond. We look forward to serving you.

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