When you do your best to take care of your oral health, damaging a tooth can be stressful. Whether you have chipped it from eating something hard or have knocked it out from a sports injury, Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE, can help you. In today’s blog, learn what to do during a dental emergency and your restoration options.
Acting During An Emergency
First, it is important to stay calm. We know that dental emergencies may be a stressful time and you may be in pain. However, most tooth-related injuries are not life-threatening. If you are facing a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1. If this is a serious but not deadly situation, call your dentist.
Depending on the situation, you may need to follow different care instructions. A knocked-out or chipped tooth should be saved, if possible, in a clean container. You can keep your mouth clean by rinsing it out with water. If you have something stuck in your gums, gently try to floss to remove it. If one of your fillings, crowns, or other restoration has been lost, call your dentist as soon as possible to protect your tooth from further harm.
We may be able to see you on the same day. Have a friend or family member drive you so that you are not distracted by your injury. If we are unable to see you within the same day, we will give you care instructions until your appointment.
How We Can Help
Our office and staff are equipped to handle several restorations to repair your smile. At your emergency visit, we will examine the area and assess the damage. Then, the necessary treatment will be determined. For particles lodged between your teeth, we will use our tools to gently remove them. If you experience any swelling or pain during or after this process, we may have to treat an infection.
If a pearly white has been knocked out, there is a chance to re-root it. However, if this does not work, we can offer restorations such as implants to replace the missing tooth. It is important to fill gaps in your smile promptly so that your alignment is not changed. Your dentist will help you determine whether a bridge, dentures, or implant will be most effective for you.
It is important to see your dentist if you have chipped or broken a piece of your dentition. If this is ignored, the damage can continue to spread. This may lead to an infection or tooth loss. A dental crown can help repair the area and protect it.
Injured A Tooth? Call Us
If you have damaged one of your pearly whites, do not wait until your next checkup. Schedule an appointment by calling Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE, today at (402)330-2243.