At Denton Smiles Dentistry, we understand that dental emergencies happen. If you ever experience a lost filling, a broken tooth, or just a toothache, we regularly set aside appointments each day for patients with emergency dental needs.
In the case of a dental emergency, simply call our Denton dental office 940-380-1188. During non-office hours, please leave a message on our voicemail and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
You can take simple precautions to avoid accident and injury to your teeth. To reduce the chances of damage to your teeth, lips, cheek and tongue, wear an athletic mouth guard when participating in sports or recreational activities that may pose a risk. Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy, all of which can crack a tooth. Instead of using your teeth to cut tape or packaging, use scissors. When accidents happen, knowing what to do can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
General Advice on Dental Emergencies
- Toothache: make sure there isn’t any food debris stuck between teeth as this can cause pain. Floss around the affected area very gently and rinse your mouth with warm water. You can use a cold compress to reduce any swelling, but you should not apply any painkillers directly to the affected area.
- Knocked out tooth: pick up the tooth by the crown taking great care not to touch the root, and if the tooth is dirty then carefully rinse off the root area with clean running water. Be very careful not to damage any fragments of attached tissue. If you can, try to re-insert the tooth back into the gum ensuring that you have it facing the right way. If this isn’t possible, then place it in a small container of milk and bring it to us immediately.
- Broken tooth: rinse out your mouth with warm water and use a clean piece of gauze to stop any bleeding. You can also apply a cold compress to alleviate any swelling to your mouth. Call our office at 940-380-1188 as soon as possible.
- If your crown has fallen out: make an appointment to see us as soon as possible and bring the crown with you. You could try to place the crown back over the tooth and use temporary cement purchased from the drug store, or use a smear of toothpaste, but please try not to swallow your crown. Never use glue to reattach the crown.
- If you have bitten your tongue or cheek during an accident and it is bleeding, rinse out your mouth with water and apply a clean piece of gauze to the injury and hold in place using gentle pressure for 10 to 15 minutes. If you cannot stop the bleeding, then you should seek medical assistance immediately.
- Abscess: this may look like a small swelling on the gum and can be incredibly painful. Abscesses can do a lot of damage to the gum and teeth so it’s important to get treated immediately.
Our aim is to educate our patients and potential patients by providing basic information about some common dental emergencies. We hope it will be a useful resource to help patients make informed decisions in consultation with their dentist. It is the patient’s responsibility to be seen by a dentist for a proper diagnosis based on their medical and dental history. The information provided on this blog post is NOT intended to replace a dental examination by a qualified licensed dentist. In an actual dental emergency, please contact our dental office as soon as possible!