What Is A Dental Emergency?

When one of our Omaha, NE, patients experience a dental emergency, we provide care as soon as possible to mitigate any damage and discomfort and prevent serious complications. But what is a dental emergency? In today’s blog, we’re looking at a few common scenarios and how you should respond to them.

Damaged Teeth

Our teeth are tough, in fact, the enamel coating them is the strongest substance in the human body. But, a sports injury or biting down on a hard piece of food, or being weakened by poor oral hygiene could lead to a chipped or broken tooth. If this happens, try and recover any pieces you can and bring them with you to our office. If this is impossible, don’t worry, we can still repair your tooth. You may want to place a cold compress against the side of your face to reduce swelling, and use gauze or cloth to stem bleeding when in route to our office.

Loose or Lost Restorations

If a dental crown or dental filling becomes loose or lost, see us right away. Try to avoid sugary foods and drinks, as this could cause serious discomfort to the exposed tooth. The same goes for very hot or cold foods and drinks.

Missing Teeth

If you knock out a tooth, don’t panic! First, remember to pick the tooth up by the crown (visible portion) and never touch the root. Try to rinse away any dirt under running water, but try to keep any tissue in place. Put the tooth in a glass of milk or salt water and bring it with you. If you can place the tooth back into the socket, that’s even better. Then see us as son as possible!

Sudden Pain

If you develop sudden pain in your teeth that feels like more than a toothache, then see us right away This could indicate severe decay, infection, or damage that has gone unnoticed.

Do You Have Questions About Dental Emergencies?

We offer care to help repair and restore smiles. To find out more, schedule a consultation by calling Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE, today at (402) 330-2243. We also serve the residents of Papillion, Elkhorn, La Vista, Millard, and all surrounding communities.