A dental emergency can leave you in a panic. What do you do following a knocked out tooth, a broken tooth, or in the face of an extreme toothache? First of all, it’s vitally important that you remain calm. Keep your cool, stabilize the situation, then call your emergency dentist in The Woodlands, Dr. Johnny Taylor! Because when you need us most, we’ll never leave you waiting in pain.
Some urgent dental situations are easy to recognize. A knocked out or broken tooth definitely requires quick attention. But other than these obvious problems, how can you know if what you are experiencing merits an emergency dental appointment? In general, if you are experiencing pain, have broken something in your mouth, or if you are bleeding from your oral cavity, you should seek urgent care. Dental emergencies don’t fix themselves -- the faster you act, the better for your oral and overall health.
Some of the most common dental emergencies we treat at Johnny D Taylor DDS include the following.
- Knocked out or dislodged tooth
- Broken tooth
- Broken or lost filling, crown, bridge, or other dental work
When you place a call for emergency dentistry in The Woodlands, we will get you into see Dr. Taylor as soon as possible. Our trained staff can also provide important advice to help you deal with your situation in the meantime.
After the unexpected occurs, quick action is absolutely crucial for restoring your oral health and getting you back to your life as soon as possible.
If you’ve lost a tooth, collect the missing tooth and rinse away any debris with cool water. Do not scrub the tooth or touch its root. Teeth have the best chance for reattachment within the first two hours, so don’t waste any time after a knocked out tooth.
Dental emergencies are usually accompanied by swelling, pain, and/or bleeding. Apply an ice pack to the affected cheek in 15-minute intervals to prevent and reduce swelling. Control discomfort with an over-the-counter pain medication. To stop bleeding, apply constant, gentle pressure to the wound with a clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop or slow after 10 minutes, head directly to the emergency room.
There’s no fool-proof method for preventing dental emergencies, but you can take some measures to reduce the chance that one will happen to you. For one, don’t use your teeth for opening packages -- that’s one of the most common reasons for broken or chipped teeth. Find the scissors instead. And if you play sports, invest in a custom-fit mouthguard to protect your smile from excessive force. People who grind their teeth at night (the condition known as bruxism) should also invest in a mouthguard to avoid placing undue pressure on tooth enamel.
Your emergency dentist is here for you when you need him most. The next time the unexpected happens to you or someone you love, don’t wait to get in touch with Dr. Taylor!