October 10, 2017
A hit to the face. A tumble off a bike. A football tackle gone wrong. An ice-chewing habit that’s finally caught up to you in the form of a broken tooth.
A dental emergency happens in an instant. And if you’re not prepared, you may be caught off guard and with no absolutely no idea what to do.
If you are prepared, however, you can avoid any panic and get through your dental emergency calmly and with your oral health fully restored.
If you live in or near Gillette, WY, your first step should be to call Synergy Dental Center at (307) 622-1311. If you are a current patient, we will get you in to see us the very same day. If you are not, we will still be happy to help you in your urgent situation. Give us a call, and we will fit you in as soon as possible.
If your tooth is knocked completely out of your mouth and is still intact, we may be able to restore it. In order for this to happen, you must be seen as soon as possible, so the first thing you should do is call our office and set up an immediate appointment. In the meantime, here are a few tips to keep your mouth (and knocked-out tooth) in optimal condition.
- Do not touch the root of the tooth. Always pick it up and handle it by the crown.
- If it’s dirty, you can rinse it with clean water.
- Keep the tooth moist. If you can do so safely, put it back in its socket (making sure it’s facing the correct direction) and keep it there. Or store it between the gum and the cheek. If you don’t think you can do this without swallowing the tooth, you can keep the tooth in a small container of saliva, milk, or, as a last resort, water.
- Don’t forget to bring the tooth to your emergency dental appointment!
Broken, Cracked, or Chipped Tooth
If your tooth is broken or chipped, be sure to save any pieces and bring them to your appointment at Synergy Dental Center.
- Very gently, rinse out the mouth with warm water.
- Apply pressure using clean gauze or a moistened teabag to help stop bleeding.
- An ice pack held to the lips and cheeks over the broken tooth will help with swelling and pain.
- Acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be taken for pain.
- If the tooth has broken off leaving sharp or jagged edges, covering it with sugarless gum can help prevent scratches to the soft tissues of the mouth.
Sudden Tooth Pain
Sometimes, a dental emergency has no obvious cause. Acute, unexplained tooth pain may be the result of bits of food getting stuck near a cavity, a lost filling or crown, or an infection at the tooth root, otherwise known as an abscess.
If you are experiencing pain like this, it’s important to visit Synergy Dental Center as soon as possible. We can remove stuck food that’s causing a problem, replace your restoration, or treat your abscess with a root canal and antibiotics. It’s especially important that an abscess is treated quickly. If left alone, the infection may spread to other parts of the mouth and body.
Can I Prevent a Dental Emergency?
You can’t avoid all dental emergencies. After all, accidents do happen, and they can occur at any time. However, there are a couple things you can do to protect your teeth and help prevent certain types of dental emergencies.
When you or your children participate in any sort of rough or potentially teeth-unfriendly sports or activities, you should wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and gums. At Synergy Dental Center, we can make you a custom mouthguard that’s better fitting, more comfortable, and more effective than one-size-fits-all drugstore varieties.
The best way to prevent a painful tooth abscess is to practice good oral hygiene habits.
- Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes at a time. Be sure to be thorough and don’t neglect the gumline.
- Floss daily using proper technique.
- Visit us at Synergy Dental Center every six months for your regular checkup.
- Avoid sugary foods, especially chewy and gooey ones, which get stuck in the teeth and promote decay.
If you live in or around Gillette, WY and have a dental emergency on your hands, call Synergy Dental Center at (307) 622-1311 and tell us the nature of the problem. We will fit you in and get you fixed up. We also have a convenient online contact form, but it’s best saved for non-emergency situations.