Dental emergencies

What should you do?

As in any emergency, the first step is to be prepared by being well informed. Below we will present you with some emergency preparedness measures in case you encounter a dental emergency.

Chances are you will know without doubt when it occurs, but what exactly will constitute a dental emergency?

A lose, broken, chipped or lost tooth all warrant immediate attention from a dentist. Impact injuries from a hit, or fall, as well as “careless chewing” can crack a tooth. In either case, seek medical attention immediately. Dr. Mead at Familydentist in Purcell will make every effort to save your teeth from permanent damage.

In an emergency, don’t panic. While you are on your way to the nearest emergency dentist, there are several things you can do to limit damage:

  • In case of a chipped of cracked tooth, do not further agitate the affected area at all. Gently rinse your mouth and apply cold compresses if any swelling has occurred. If an object has lodged itself near a tooth, carefully try to remove it but don’t force it. If you cannot go to a dentist right away, you may cover the affected area with dental cement, available from any drugstore.
  • If a tooth has been bent out of place, you may try to restore it to its original position. Again, do not force anything.
  • If a tooth has been completely broken out, you can preserve it in several ways: Gently rinse the tooth by holding it at its crown end, and re-insert it into the socket. If swelling prevents that, keep the tooth in a small container filled with milk or water until you arrive at the dentist. Do not attempt to “clean” the tooth with alcohol or the like, or remove any tissue. The sooner you get to the dentist, the better you changes the tooth may be saved.
  • To prevent dental emergencies caused by injuries, especially during high impact sports, it “pays” to protect your teeth by wearing proper mouth guards. Starting at only $ 10 from any major sports wear supplier they are a sure investment for the future health of your teeth.

Even if there is no obvious damage, if you find yourself experiencing sudden sharp, unabiding pain, or continue to have consistent pain over a long period of time, you need to seek medical attention.

Don’t hesitate to call the family dentistry office of Dr. Mead in Purcell @ 405 527 6568 if you need emergency dental assistance, and one of our friendly staff will be happy to assist you immediately.

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