When you sustain an injury that damages your smile, or if you have lost restorations or experienced unexplained pain, then you need to see us. These are common examples of dental emergencies, and care quickly is needed to ease discomfort and protect the tooth. At your Avon, OH, dental office, we provide information for responding to your dental emergencies and seeking treatment from our team.
Common Dental Emergencies
A dental emergency is any injury or pain in your teeth or gums that isn’t life threatening, but is still serious enough that immediate attention is needed. For example, teeth that have been knocked loose or out, cracked or broken teeth, unexplained pain, or even objects caught between teeth that floss cannot remove. If your fillings or crowns are loose or lost, this is also an emergency situation that we need to address right away. When these situations occur, please call us right away so we can arrange a time to see you. In the meantime, you can take action to ease your discomfort.
Easing Your Discomfort
When a tooth is injured or loose, you can stem any bleeding with a cloth or piece of gauze, and control facial swelling with a cold compress to the side of the face. You can take an over-the-counter pain reliever as needed. If a restoration is loose or gone, avoid very hot or cold food and drinks, or items high in sugar, as the tooth is now vulnerable and the interior is exposed to bacteria. If something is caught between the teeth, don’t use anything but floss to try and dislodge, or you could injure your teeth and gums. If a tooth is knocked out completely, then pick it up by the crown, never touch the root, and place it in a glass of milk or salt water. Bring it with you to the office. Likewise, if a tooth is damaged try to recover any pieces to bring with you.
Protecting Your Smile
With treatments like bonding and crowns, we can repair damage and restore your smile. We can secure your knocked out tooth too, or replace your compromised or missing crowns or fillings. We can also repair or replace damaged prosthetics too. Moving forward, we recommend a mouthguard if you play full contact sports to prevent further injury. If you have any questions about emergency dental care, then contact our team today to learn more.
Speak With Your Avon, OH Dentist’s Office About Emergency Dentistry
We want to help you enjoy optimal oral health, and to find a solution to your dental damage that protects your oral health and smile beauty. If you would like to learn more about our approach to emergency dental care, then call our Avon, OH dental office at 440-937-2273. Don’t let an injury threaten the health and stability of your smile!