If you have a dental emergency call dentist Dr. Young at Lake Country Dental Care, 434-374-2137. Most dental emergencies are treated at the time of your appointment. Here are some practical tips for handling dental emergencies.
There are a number of simple precautions you can take to avoid accident and injury to your teeth. One way to reduce the chances of damage to your teeth, lips, cheek and tongue is to wear a mouth guard when participating in sports or recreational activities that may pose a risk. Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy, all which can crack a tooth. Cut tape using scissors rather than your teeth.
Accidents do happen, and knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
Bitten Lip or Tongue
Clean the area gently with a cloth and apply cold compresses to reduce any swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, go to a hospital emergency room immediately.
Apply cold compresses to control swelling and call dental surgeon Dr. Young at Lake Country Dental Care, 434-374-2137 and he will contact an emergency room for you and make arrangements for you to see an oral surgeon.
Knocked Out Tooth
Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse off the remaining tooth in water if it is dirty. Do not scrub it or try to reattach tissue fragments. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If that isn’t possible place the tooth in a cup of milk and get to your dentist Dr. Young at Lake Country Dental Care as quickly as possible. Remember to bring the tooth with you.
Objects Caught Between Teeth
Try to gently remove the object with dental floss without cutting the gums. Never use a sharp instrument to remove any object stuck between your teeth. If you cannot dislodge the object using dental floss, contact Dr. Reggie Young at Lake Country Dental Care.
Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Use dental floss or an interdental cleaner to ensure there is no food or other debris caught between your teeth. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller on the tooth or gum tissue as it will burn the mucosa. If pain persists call family dentist Dr. Young at Lake Country Dental Care.
Cracked Tooth Syndrome
This is a common problem. Click here to learn more about the treatment of Cracked Teeth.