Dental emergencies can have lasting consequences if you don’t get proper treatment. As a result, it’s vital to begin seeking a dentist who understands how to manage these challenges. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, reach out to Splendid Dentistry Atascocita right away to speak with a dental health professional.

Are You Experiencing Oral Pain?

While oral pain is not comfortable, it doesn’t always indicate a dental emergency. However, if you are experiencing oral pain, you can follow these steps:

  1. an emergency dentist performs a procedureTake Tylenol as directed on the bottle or packaging label.
  2. If your mouth is bleeding, stay calm. Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, or Aleve). These drugs are blood thinners (anticoagulants) and could make the bleeding worse.
  3. Apply an ice pack to the area in pain for up to twenty minutes every hour.
  4. Injured teeth and gums can create infections and other complications; contact your dentist as soon as possible.
  5. If your emergency is life-threatening, call 911 or go to the hospital emergency room for emergency medical service.

Call our team to make an appointment. Our team can help relieve oral pain.

Are You Experiencing Tooth Pain?

Clean out your mouth by rinsing thoroughly with warm water. Gently floss around the tooth to remove any food particles between your teeth or just under your gum line. If your tooth continues to hurt, see your dentist at Splendid Dental Atascocita as soon as possible.

Are You Experiencing Pain Associated with Braces?

For a day or two after braces or retainers have been adjusted, you may experience discomfort. To help alleviate discomfort, rinse your mouth with warm salt water or take acetaminophen as directed on the packaging label.

Follow the steps below to address small daily concerns that occasionally occur to braces wearers.

  • Food trapped between teeth: While this occurs often, it is not a dental emergency. To dislodge the food, try tying a small knot in the middle of some dental floss or use an interproximal brush or toothpick.
  • Piece of appliance inhaled: Call 911 immediately and go to the hospital emergency room for treatment.
  • Piece of appliance swallowed: Call your dentist or orthodontist to discuss appropriate steps.
  • A poking wire: Call your orthodontist to describe the situation and schedule an appointment. Use a Q-tip or pencil eraser to push the wire flat against the tooth. If you cannot move the wire into a comfortable position, cover it with dental wax, which is available over the counter at your pharmacy.
  • Bracket knocked off: Call your orthodontist at Splendid Dental Atascocita to describe the situation and schedule an appointment. If the loose bracket has rotated on the wire and is sticking out, attempt to turn it back into its normal position. To minimize loose brace movements, use dental wax, which is available over the counter at your pharmacy.
  • Lost wire or ligature: If you found the rubber ligature, you may be able to put it back in place using sterile tweezers. If not, you may need to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist.
  • Mouth sores: If your mouth sores are caused by having new braces, apply a topical anesthetic, which is available over-the-counter at your pharmacy. To alleviate pain, take acetaminophen as directed on the packaging label.

Are You Experiencing Swelling or Abscess?

If your gums hurt or begin to swell, see your dentist right away because gum pain or swelling can be symptoms of an abscess (gum infection) that forms in gum tissue or a tooth’s root. There are many reasons why gums can swell, become painful, or abscess. The only way to identify the underlying cause is a thorough exam by your dentist.

If the abscess ruptures, you may experience a sudden rush of foul-smelling and foul-tasting fluid from the swollen or painful area. Rinse your mouth with warm water immediately.

Do You Have a Chipped or Broken Tooth?

If you’ve chipped or broken a tooth, it may be possible to reattach the pieces to your tooth, but only your Splendid Dental Atascocita dentist can tell you for sure. Take the following steps and see your dentist right away. Remember to take the pieces with you.

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it and apply gauze to the area. Use firm pressure to stop the bleeding. Try to find the chipped or broken tooth pieces right away.
  • When the bleeding stops, apply a cold compress to the injured area to minimize swelling. If bleeding does not stop after ten minutes of constant, firm pressure, see your dentist or go to the emergency room.
  • Save the tooth’s pieces and gently rinse with warm water.
  • Place the pieces in a small container and cover them with milk, water with a pinch of salt, or saliva from the injured person.

A chipped or broken tooth doesn’t always indicate a dental emergency. If the chip or breakage isn’t serious or doesn’t leave a jagged edge, you may be able to wait for the next available appointment. However, if the tooth has a jagged edge, it’s critical to seek out our emergency dental services.

Have You Experienced Tooth Loss?

A Child’s Baby Tooth

Call your dentist right away. If the child’s baby tooth is completely knocked out, chances are it cannot be re-implanted. If this happens, the missing tooth will be replaced naturally when the child’s permanent (adult) tooth grows into place.

A Permanent (Adult) Tooth

If you’ve knocked out a tooth, you have a one-to-two-hour window in which the tooth has a chance for re-implantation, but only your dentist can tell you for sure. Take the following steps and see your dentist right away. Remember to take your protected tooth with you.

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it and apply gauze to the area. Use firm pressure to stop the bleeding. Try to find the chipped or broken tooth pieces right away.
  • When the bleeding stops, apply a cold compress to the injured area to minimize swelling. If bleeding does not stop after ten minutes of constant, firm pressure, see your dentist or go to the emergency room.
  • Save the tooth’s pieces and gently rinse with warm water.
  • Place the pieces in a small container and cover them with milk, water with a pinch of salt, or saliva from the injured person.
  • Rinse with warm water to clean it and apply gauze to the area. Use firm pressure to stop the bleeding. Try to find the chipped or broken tooth pieces right away.
  • When the bleeding stops, apply a cold compress to the injured area to minimize swelling. If bleeding does not stop after ten minutes of constant, firm pressure, see your dentist or go to the emergency room.
  • Place the tooth in a small container and cover it with milk, water with a pinch of salt, or saliva from the injured person.

Please do not try to replace the tooth using household adhesives such as superglue. Doing so can have lasting physical repercussions.

Have You Lost a Filling or Crown?

If a dental filling or crown is knocked out or otherwise lost, you can relieve pain caused by the exposed part of your tooth by using clove oil, which is available over the counter in pharmacies and supermarkets. Just dip a cotton swab in clove oil and apply it to the exposed part of your tooth.

Putting an ice pack on your face over the area that hurts also may relieve the pain. Schedule an appointment with your dentist.

Filling

If you found the filling, put it in a safe place and take it with you when you see your dentist.

To make your tooth more comfortable, fill the hole in your tooth with tooth wax or cement (available over the counter at your pharmacy). Again, please do not use any household adhesives in your mouth. These are toxic, and it is incredibly easy to make a mistake that isn’t easy to rectify.

Crown

If you found the crown, you may temporarily replace it yourself until you see your dentist.

Gently clean any debris from the inside of your crown.

To the inside of your crown, apply denture adhesive, dental cement, or toothpaste before slipping the crown back in place to protect your tooth.

Have You Bitten Your Tongue or Lip?

A small cut (less than 1/4 inch) is likely to heal itself. Carefully wipe the area clean with gauze or cloth and apply a cold compress, ice pack, or small bag of frozen fruit or vegetables to the area to minimize swelling; however, if the cut is larger than 1/4 inch, or if bleeding does not stop after ten minutes of cold treatment, go to the emergency room.

Have You Burned the Roof of Your Mouth?

Eating very hot food, like pizza, can burn the roof of your mouth. These painful sores and blisters typically heal on their own. If they have not healed after ten days, see your dentist.

In the meantime, use warm salt water rinses (1/8 of a teaspoon in 8 ounces of water) after meals to keep the area clean. If pain relief is needed, use a topical oral anesthetic, which can be found over the counter at your pharmacy. You can also take acetaminophen as directed on the packaging label.

Reach Out to Splendid Dental Atascocita Today

If you are experiencing anything that might constitute an emergency, or if you are looking for top-notch dental care in general, reach out to Splendid Dental Atascocita. We offer a wide array of exceptional dental services, including:

If you have a dental emergency, call Splendid Dental Atascocita at 832.430.7652 to schedule an appointment!