If your child knocked out his front tooth, would you know what to do? What is the right course of action when you lose a crown, or when your teen has a severely impacted wisdom tooth? According to American Family Physician, almost one-quarter of the population in the US experiences severe oral, jaw and facial pain each year. As such, your dentist in Garden City,
Dr. Gary C. Sherman, wants you fully prepared to deal with dental emergencies. Here are some pressing oral health problems and the actions you can take to resolve them.
Common Dental Emergencies and What to Do
Avulsed (Knocked Out) Tooth If sudden oral trauma knocks out one or more teeth, don’t panic. Grasp the tooth by the crown, rinse it off with plain water and replant its roots down into the empty socket. Contact Franklin Avenue Dental Care for additional instructions and a same-day appointment.
The American Association of Endodontists states that avulsed teeth may be saved if replanted within one hour of injury. If you cannot put the tooth back in place, carry it to our dental office in a sealed container with milk, water or even saliva. It’s important that it stay moist. Your emergency dentist in Garden City may splint it to adjoining teeth to support and strengthen it as it heals.
Impacted Wisdom Tooth Typically, adolescents experience wisdom tooth eruption between the ages of 17 and 25. Many times, these third molars are poorly aligned, or worse, become impacted, or encased, in bone or gum tissue. The resulting infection, pain, and swelling is called pericoronitis and requires immediate attention. At home, the individual should take ibuprofen for pain and inflammation and apply a cold compress for swelling. At the office, Dr. Sherman likely will recommend extraction and antibiotics.
Displaced or Loosened Tooth Oral trauma can make a tooth mobile or move it out of position. This tooth luxation requires an immediate visit to Franklin Avenue Dental Care where Dr. Sherman may reposition the tooth and splint it to its neighbors to stabilize it.
Cracked Crown or Filling If you lose a restoration, save it in a sealed bag. Contact the office for an appointment. If your tooth has jagged edges, cover them with orthodontic wax. The same strategies apply to a broken tooth. Treatment may include a new filling or crown or repair with composite resin.
Bleeding Anyone who has sustained an oral laceration (lips, cheeks, gums, tongue) should apply direct pressure with a sterile 4×4 or a clean cloth. If bleeding does not resolve within 10 to 15 minutes, transport to the hospital emergency room.
Toothache Throbbing dental pain or extreme sensitivity has a variety of causes such as deep decay, dental abscess, or cracks in a filling. Please contact the office at the first sign of discomfort.
Fractured or Dislocated Jaw This is a medical emergency. Please go to the emergency room immediately.
What Else Could Go Wrong?
If at any time you have a question or concern about your oral health, do not hesitate to
contact Franklin Avenue Dental Care for help. The doctor always has emergency time available in his daily schedule so you can expect timely and compassionate care no matter the problem.