Are you currently experiencing a dental emergency? Do you have a plan in case
one happens? Unfortunately, many people don’t know what to do if they
have a traumatic dental injury or a bad toothache. To save yourself the
trouble of finding an emergency dentist in your area, especially when
you’re already in pain, give Brush Dental a call. At the very least, we
recommend keeping our dental office number in your phone just in case. Our
team is filled with experts who know how to handle just about every kind of
dental emergency out there. We can even schedule same-day appointments for
emergency dentistry in Royse City, TX!
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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can come in many different forms and levels of severity.
While some can take many months to develop before they cause problems, such
as a dental infection, others can occur almost instantly, like a
sporting-related incident. Whatever the cause of your dental emergency, you
shouldn’t be left in pain or discomfort. When you call, we’ll
talk you through your situation and get you scheduled for a visit right
away. Before you arrive, here’s what you should do to handle the
following types of emergencies before your next appointment:
Start by gently rinsing your mouth and flossing around the affected
tooth. Remove any food debris that may be stuck. If discomfort
continues, take ibuprofen. Do not apply aspirin directly to the gums
or near the tooth as this can cause a chemical burn and other issues
Collect all pieces of your tooth and place them in a safe container.
Bring the container to our dental office. If your mouth is bleeding,
you can apply pressure to your open socket/broken tooth to stop the
bleeding. A cold compress can help manage any swelling. If the tooth
is sharp or jagged in any way, cover it with dental wax, dental
cement, or sugar-free chewing gum.
Pick up the tooth, making sure to do so by the crown portion only.
Gently rinse it with water and make sure to not remove any
tissue still attached to the root. You can keep your tooth under your
tongue or in your open socket to preserve it. Get to our dental office
within the next hour if you want the best chance of getting the tooth
If you still have the restoration, rinse it off and place it back onto
your tooth using denture adhesive, dental cement, or sugar-free
chewing gum if nothing else is available. This is only a temporary
solution and you’ll need professional intervention and likely a
new restoration as well. If you don’t have the restoration,
cover the damaged tooth with sugar-free chewing gum and avoid chewing
on that side of your mouth if you can.
Keys to Preventing Dental Emergencies
Due to their unpredictable nature, dental emergencies cannot be avoided
entirely. That being said, many urgent dental problems are the result of
long-term issues that have been steadily worsening over time. For that
reason, there are several precautions you can take to minimize the risk of
you or your loved ones experiencing a dental emergency. Read on to learn
five of them!
Visit Our Dental Office Twice a Year
Many people don’t feel that they need to visit their dentist if
their teeth feel fine. Unfortunately, this isn’t necessarily the
case. In fact, the vast majority of oral health problems, including tooth
gum disease, don’t cause pain or discomfort in the early stages. You might not
even notice that something is wrong until your smile has sustained severe
preventive dental care
is crucial. By coming in to see us at least every six months, Dr. Kuan and
Dr. Lam can examine your mouth and ensure there are no potential
emergencies hidden beneath the surface. If they do detect any problems,
they can administer treatment right away, stopping emergencies in their
Maintain Good At-Home Oral Hygiene Habits
In between appointments, one of the easiest ways to prevent dental
emergencies is to practice good oral hygiene. Neglecting to brush or floss
often enough allows bacteria-filled plaque and tartar to build up on your
teeth and gums. Eventually, these particles weaken your tooth enamel and
inflame your gums, which can spiral into a painful dental emergency.
To prevent this, make sure to brush twice a day, floss before bed, and
rinse with mouthwash regularly. Try to use fluoridated toothpaste and
mouthwash to strengthen your teeth against cavities.
Watch What You Eat
It’s no secret that overindulging in candy can give you cavities.
However, sugary snacks are far from the only foods that can lead to dental
emergencies. For example, acidic beverages like soda can wear down your
enamel, and hard foods may chip or crack a tooth. Limit foods and
beverages like these. Swap them out for mouth-healthy items that contain
lots of fiber, vitamin C, and calcium.
Protect Your Smile
Even though tooth enamel is the hardest material in the human body, a
sudden impact or long-term exposure to pressure can break it. If you play
a sport that comes with the risk of injury to the face, ask us about
making you a professional, custom mouthguard. We can also make you a
protective nightguard if you have a habit or grinding your teeth while you
Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools
It may feel tempting to save a few moments by using your teeth to snap the
cap off of a pen, open a bottle, or carry that last bag of groceries.
However, one wrong move could cost you an even greater amount of time (and
money) by breaking your tooth! Your teeth should only be used for chewing
food. For anything else, always reach for the right tool instead.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The cost of your dental emergency will vary depending on your unique needs,
but one thing is for sure, it’s this: seeking treatment immediately is
the best thing you can do right now. If you wait, your dental issues can
actually worsen, resulting in more complex treatments to resolve the problem
(and therefore higher dental care costs.) The best way to minimize
discomfort, as well as costs tied to care, is to contact us right away.