Dental Emergencies

A Guide to Dental Emergencies

A dental emergency may be any situation that involves injury to your teeth and/or soft oral tissues. Damaged or knocked-out teeth are common, but if not addressed immediately, they can lead to more serious dental health issues and the need for more extensive restorative treatment. However, if you act quickly and schedule an emergency visit as soon as possible, you may be able to limit the damage and possibly prevent the loss of your tooth.

Cracked/Fractured Tooth

A tooth fracture describes a crack in the tooth’s main structure, or dentin, that could weaken the tooth and potentially expose its pulp chamber and tissues.

  • Rinse your mouth carefully with warm water, especially around the tooth.
  • If necessary, place an ice pack on your cheek to reduce the swelling.
  • Call the dentist immediately to schedule an emergency visit.
  • Avoid placing pressure on the tooth until your appointment.

Avulsed (Knocked-Out) Tooth

If your tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, known as tooth avulsion, then there may be a chance at replanting the tooth if you make it to the dentist’s office within the hour.

  • If possible, collect the tooth, holding only its crown (top portion)
  • Call our office immediately to schedule an emergency visit.
  • Rinse your mouth and the avulsed tooth with warm water.
  • Carefully, try to place the tooth back into its socket. If it fits, hold it there with gentle bite pressure until your dental visit.
  • If the tooth doesn’t fit, do not force it. Instead, place the tooth in a small container of milk and bring it with you.

Partially Avulsed Tooth

A partially avulsed tooth is not completely knocked out of its socket, but rather knocked loose within its socket, and no longer able to hold its position.

  • Call our office immediately to schedule an emergency visit.
  • Try to reposition the tooth using clean fingers, but do not force it if it does not move back willingly.
  • Bite down on the tooth to stop it from shifting further.

Soft-Tissue Injuries

Besides tooth damage, dental emergencies may also entail injuries and cuts to your lips, gums, or cheeks. If so, then carefully clean the wound and visit the nearest hospital emergency room as soon as possible.

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At Prisma Dental, patient satisfaction is our first and foremost goal, and it shows in the friendly, personalized service we provide. Dr. Correa will take the time to get to know you personally and ensure that your treatment plan is tailored to your unique dental needs. To schedule an initial consultation and examination with Dr. Correa, call Prisma Dental in Frisco, TX today at (972) 668-7398.