No one wants a dental emergency, however, they do occur. We can save the smile of you or your child. If you or your child is experiencing a dental problem, you can trust our dentist to provide immediate care. Call Minty Smiles Dental if you suffer from a chipped tooth, severe toothache, lost tooth, or any other dental emergency.
At our office, our entire staff understands that you cannot always plan when you need care. If you experience a dental emergency, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible. Our team will schedule a meeting with our friendly and professional dentist.
There are many types of dental emergencies that we treat. Some of these include severe and long lasting toothaches, chipped or broken teeth, damage to the soft tissues of the mouth, cracked or fractured teeth, a partially knocked-out tooth, and dental restoration. If you suffer from one of these or another type of dental emergency, it is important to contact the experts at Minty Smiles Dental. Our team will provide you with instructions on how to care for your smile until you can get to our dentist.
If you have experienced trauma to your head or neck, we recommend that you visit the emergency room before coming to see us.
Types of Dental Emergencies
A knocked-out tooth is a dental emergency that requires urgent attention. If the appropriate emergency steps are followed immediately after the tooth has been knocked out, the chances are very good that the tooth can be reinserted and preserved by our dentist.
- Pick up the tooth by the top (crown) of the tooth. Do not touch the root(s) of the tooth.
- Rinse the tooth off very gently to ensure that it’s clean. Do not scrub the tooth or remove any tissue attached to it. Be sure to place a towel or washcloth in the sink so that the tooth does not go down the drain.
- If you can, gently place the tooth back into the socket. Hold it gently in place while trying to bite down.
- If you can’t place the tooth back in the socket, put the tooth in a small container or in a cup of milk. Note that the latter is preferable.
- Call us immediately, since getting to the dentist quickly with your tooth – in addition to following the steps above – is critical for saving the knocked-out tooth. The longer you wait to re-implant the tooth in its socket, the less chance you have of the tooth “taking” and remaining viable.
Loose Tooth, Tooth Out of Alignment
If you have a tooth that is loose or out of alignment, you should call Minty Smiles Dental for an emergency appointment right away. In the meantime, you can try to put the tooth back in its original position using your finger with very light pressure. Do not try and force it. You can bite down to keep the tooth from moving. Our dentist may want to splint the tooth to the adjacent teeth (the teeth on each side) to keep it stabilized.
Chipped, Cracked or Fractured Teeth
If a tooth is chipped and doesn’t hurt, this usually does not constitute a dental emergency and you can wait a few days to see a dentist. However, it is important to be careful while chewing so as not to chip it more. Our dentist may simply be able to smooth the chip out, or add some composite filling material to repair the tooth.
A cracked or fractured tooth is a serious issue constituting a dental emergency. Fractured or cracked teeth usually suggest that damage has occurred to the inside of the tooth as well as to the outside. Severe fractures are so extreme that the tooth cannot be saved. If you suffer a fractured tooth, call Minty Smiles Dental immediately for an emergency appointment and follow these steps:
- Clean your mouth out by gently rinsing thoroughly with warm water.
- If the fracture is caused by facial trauma, apply a cold compress to the area to minimize any swelling.
- Take acetaminophen (not aspirin) according to the packaging directions to alleviate pain.
- Never apply a painkiller to the gum because it can burn the gum tissue. This includes Orajel, which often is marketed for these types of procedures.
An X-ray will be needed in order for our dentist to properly diagnose the condition of your tooth. If the soft tissue inside of the tooth (the tooth pulp) is damaged, your tooth may need a root canal. If the pulp is not damaged, the tooth might only need a crown.
Some dentists make some of their permanent crowns in-office and place them in the same day. Here at Minty Smiles Dental we are able to make and deliver SAME DAY CEREC CROWNS; other dentists use an outside laboratory to make the crown. In this case you will have to wear a temporary crown while the laboratory makes a permanent crown. If the tooth cannot be saved, your dentist will inform you of the various alternatives for replacing missing teeth, such as implant-supported restorations and bridges.
Tissue Injury and Facial Pain
Any type of injury inside the mouth, such as puncture wounds, lacerations and tears to the lips, cheeks, mouth and tongue, are considered tissue injuries and a dental emergency. If you experience any type of tissue injury, it is important to clean the area immediately with warm water. If the bleeding is coming from the tongue, gently pull the tongue forward and place pressure on the wound using gauze. You should get to an oral surgeon or nearby hospital emergency room as quickly as possible.
To alleviate any type of facial pain associated with tissue injury, you can take acetaminophen as directed on the packaging label. Never take aspirin or ibuprofen for a dental emergency because they are anticoagulants, which can cause excessive bleeding.
Other Dental Emergencies
Basically, any dental problem that requires immediate treatment in order to save a tooth, stop ongoing tissue bleeding or alleviate severe pain is considered a dental emergency.
A severe infection or abscess in the mouth can be life-threatening and should be dealt with immediately.
Problems with Temporary Restorations
Having a temporary crown come off is not a dental emergency. However, it is important to put it back in place so that the tooth stays in its original position until you can see your dentist.
A temporary crown can easily be put back onto your tooth by placing Vaseline, toothpaste, Chapstick or even a very small amount of denture adhesive into the temporary and placing it onto your tooth. Try putting your crown in first and note how it fits into place. Once you are comfortable with the fit, apply adhesive into the temporary and place it properly on your tooth. Bite down firmly onto a dry washcloth, applying even pressure to the temporary. After a few minutes, clean off any excess adhesive you can see. Here at Minty Smiles Dental you should not have that problem. We are able to provide same day Permanent Dental Crowns.
Is it a Dental Emergency?
Smoothing a chipped tooth, re-cementing a crown that is not causing pain and composite bonding to repair a tooth are not dental emergencies. Typically, such problems can be dealt with during your dentist’s regular office hours.
If you are not sure whether or not you are having a true dental emergency, answer the following questions:
- Are you bleeding from the mouth?
- Are you in severe pain?
- Do you have any loose teeth?
- Have you been hit in the face or mouth?
- Do you have any swelling in the mouth or facial area?
- Do you have any bulges, swelling or knots on your gums?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be having a dental emergency and should call Minty Smiles Dental immediately. It’s important to describe to your dentist exactly what has happened and what you are feeling.
If you experience extreme pain caused by hot or warm foods or beverages, try drinking ice water. It might relieve the pain. Sip on ice water and hold some in your mouth until you see the dentist.
If you are having sensitivity to cold or if it causes pain to breathe in air, avoid cold foods and beverages. Breathe through your nose and call your dentist’s office.
If you experience pain in a tooth when biting down, it might indicate an abscess. This is an emergency and you should call Minty Smiles Dental and schedule a consultation.
How to Avoid a Dental Emergency
Many dental emergencies can be easily avoided by having routine dental checkups to ensure that your mouth and teeth are healthy, strong and free from decay.
Wearing a mouth guard during sports activities will help to prevent teeth from being chipped, knocked out or broken. Avoid chewing on ice and hard foods that may break or fracture your teeth. If you are planning to travel out of the country or leaving for an extended vacation, during which you may not have ready access to dental care, it is important to see a dentist for a routine checkup before you leave. Minty Smiles Dental dentist can make sure that you don’t have any loose crowns or teeth, decay close to the nerve of a tooth that could cause you pain or develop into an abscess or other problems that could be easily fixed before becoming a dental emergency later.
For more information about safe care in the event of a dental emergency while traveling, contact the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP), or the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT).
Being Prepared for a Dental Emergency
Because a dental emergency can happen at any time and place, the best thing to do is be prepared and don’t panic. Pack and keep with you a small dental first aid kit containing the following:
- Small container with a lid
- Name and phone number of your dentist
- Acetaminophen (not aspirin or ibuprofen because they can act as a blood thinner and cause excessive bleeding during a dental emergency).
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At Minty Smiles Dental, we understand your time is valuable. That is why we are proud to offer a full spectrum of general dentistry services to Duncanville, TX and the surrounding area that meets just about any need and fits any budget.
Maintaining a healthy mouth is essential – not only for aesthetics but for your overall health. Did you know that poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease? Gum disease can increase your risk for conditions like stroke, heart attack, and even preterm labor.
Regularly seeing a dentist is one way to help keep your mouth and teeth in great shape. Preventative care such as dental exams and routine cleanings will allow your dentist to take a closer look at your teeth and gums. Generally, these basic exams will also include x-rays, which lets the dentist see what’s going on below the surface, like cavities. Once we know how everything looks, the dentist can recommend treatments, if necessary.
We pride ourselves on providing the very best care if you do need something such as a filling, root canal, extraction, or advanced cleaning to slow the advancement of tooth and gum diseases. We offer the best state-of-the-art technology in a calming environment so you can feel confident in allowing us to be part of your oral health team.
Pediatric dentistry is another area in which we specialize. Our staff understands that going to the dentist can be scary at first, and we strive to make your child’s experience a positive one. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children visit the dentist by age one, or within six months of getting their first tooth. For most children, their first tooth typically comes in around six months old. Even though children lose their primary (“baby”) teeth, these teeth impact things like speech development and proper chewing. They also set the stage for their secondary teeth later on. It is crucial to ensure these primary teeth are in good shape from the beginning so your child can maintain a healthy smile as they grow.
In addition to these general dentistry services, we also treat emergencies. Rest assured we will do everything we can to take care of you as soon as possible. Dental emergencies include things such as chipped teeth, severe toothache, and lost teeth, to name a few. Please call our office right away if you are experiencing a dental emergency, and visit our Dental Emergencies page for more information.
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