AT THEURER FAMILY DENTISTRY, WE CARE ABOUT EVERY aspect of your oral health. While we make it our duty to do everything possible to take good care of your teeth, we know that sometimes unexpected dental injuries happen when we least expect them.
Although it may seem like a minor thing when it happens, a dental injury to your teeth or gums should not be ignored. What starts small over time can be potentially serious—with risks of more permanent damage and more extensive repair down the road.
Since we know dental emergencies can not always be avoided, Dr. Jared and Daniel would like to share some brief information on what you can do.
Rinse with warm water and be sure nothing is lodged. Apply an ice pack if needed to reduce the swelling, and call us as soon as possible. We probably need to take a look.
In the case of a knocked out, chipped, or otherwise damaged tooth, time is the most important thing to think about. Although it may sound sorta gross, it’s best to save the pieces of the tooth if you can. Apply gauze pressure if you’re bleeding. See us as soon as you can. Watch the video to see more about helping to save your tooth.
A Dislodged Tooth?
Apply a cold compress to help any pain, or take over-the-counter pain relievers as needed. There is no need to deal with unnecessary pain when you can come into our office for help. Call us right away to see what we can do for you.
Something Caught Between Your Teeth?
If you can see or feel something lodged in your teeth, gently try dental floss first. It is important to never use a sharp object. If you can’t dislodge it, call us right away.
Lose A Filling?
Believe it or not, as a temporary measure until you can get in here to see us, you can stick a piece of sugarless chewing gum into the hole. Then, call us!
Lost A Crown?
Come in as soon as possible and be sure to bring the crown. In the meantime, slip the crown back in if you can, or use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area.
Broken Braces Wires?
If the wire sticks out and is poking you (ouch), try using the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire into a comfortable position. If you can’t do that, cover it with orthodontic wax or a piece of gauze until you can see us or your orthodontist. Don’t try to cut the wire, as you could end up swallowing it or further damaging your braces and teeth.
Make sure to be careful out there! To help prevent dental injuries, we always recommend our patients wear a mouthguard when needed.
If you have any other questions about helping to prevent injuries, or what to do when something happens, make sure to ask us anytime. And if you would like to share this information with anyone, always feel free!