Sometimes our teeth can be unpredictable. Even when we practice good oral health regimes, accidents can happen, from teeth getting knocked out, to random pain.
When to Call
If you’re not sure what is causing your discomfort, it’s always a good idea to give your dentist a call for professional emergency dental services. They can help you determine if a consultation is required and what, if any, treatment is needed if:
- You’re experiencing unexplained bleeding in the mouth
- You’re in severe pain
- You notice a loose tooth
- You’ve been hit in the face or mouth
- You have discomfort with swelling
- You notice swelling or bulges in the gums.
Common Issues and What to Do
Most toothache causes can be cured with simple procedures that will alleviate pain and promote healing. If you are experiencing pain, don’t hesitate. The longer you wait to see your dentist, the more likely it is that the problem will progress into something more serious.
- Try to clean the tooth as much as possible. Rinse your mouth thoroughly and floss. This may help alleviate pain.
- If you notice swelling, apply a warm washcloth on the outside of your cheek
- If the pain persists, don’t wait any more than 2 days to see us.
- If you notice swelling, or have a fever you may require more urgent attention.
It’s normal for children to lose their baby teeth, but if an adult tooth is lost during an accident, contact your dentist immediately to determine how to salvage or restore it.
- If you can retrieve the tooth hold it by the crown (the part of the tooth that shows, not the root.)
- Rinse it thoroughly with warm water, but do not scrub.
- If you are able, try and put it back in place. If you can’t, put it in milk until you bring it to us.
Losing your crowns can be very painful because it exposes the tooth tissue to air and temperature causing sensitivity, if this happens contact your dentist immediately.
- Apply clove oil (available at your local drug store) with a cotton ball to relieve pain.
- If you have the crown, rinse it thoroughly.
- If possible, put the crown back on your tooth by applying dental cement, tooth paste or denture adhesive to the inside of the crown.
- Bring the crown with you when you come to us.
Remember, if you are experiencing dental pain or discomfort, ignoring it only puts you at risk of further damage that may require more extensive care and treatment. If you have any concerns about your oral health, give us a call and we can advise you on how to move forward. If you have a dental emergency, contact us immediately and we will do everything we can to help you as quickly as possible. Our priority is restoring your healthy smile. If you need legal help for your new lost tooth due to negligence, you might want to contact a personal injury law firm (law firm for insurance charges) for guidance. Contact New Orleans Personal Injury Law Firm to sue any fraudulent clinics. You can also contact lawyers for traffic accident cases from here!
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