If you crack or chip a tooth, or if a restoration comes lose or falls out, then you need to see your Omaha, NE, dentist for emergency treatment. Unless addressed quickly, these seemingly minor inconveniences could lead to major oral health complications. Fortunately, we have solutions that could treat the issue in one to two visits.
When Do You Need Treatment?
If you develop a serious injury to your teeth or gums that is not life-threatening, then let us know right away. If the issue is potentially life threatening, then call 911 or proceed to the nearest emergency room. Common situations that we address include chipped or cracked teeth, knocked-out teeth, objects caught between your teeth, unexplained toothaches, and loose or lost fillings or crowns. Addressing these concerns not only relieves discomfort, but also helps protect your smile from complications. Damaged teeth and missing or lose restorations expose sensitive inner tooth structure and increases the risk of cavities and infection!
Responding to Your Injury
If you chip your tooth, see if you can recover any pieces of it. If not, don’t worry, we can still repair your smile. If you knock one out completely, recover it by touching only the crown (visible portion) and place it in a glass of milk or salt water. Following your injury, rinse with warm water and use a piece of cloth or gauze to stem any bleeding. An ice pack or cold compress against the side of the face could reduce swelling too. If you need to, take a pain reliever to ease discomfort. If an object is stuck between your teeth, never use anything other than floss to remove it, as this could inadvertently damage your gums.
If we see you for a chipped tooth, we may use dental bonding to offer repair in a single visit. For more substantial damage, we can craft and place a custom-made and lifelike dental crown. We can also replace any loose or missing restorations with a more secure (and lifelike) alternative. If you have any unexplained pain, let us know so we can examine your tooth to identify the cause of your discomfort, which could be an advanced case of tooth decay or even a dental infection. If you have any questions about how to respond to dental emergencies, or if you need to contact us about your damaged tooth, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Restorative Dentistry?
We’re ready to help address minor and severe dental emergencies with cosmetic and restorative dental care. To learn more about treating damaged smiles, then 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.