By Sood Family Dental
December 04, 2014
Category: Oral Health

Your Shelby Township dentist offers advice on how to best handle common dental emergencies.

If you are dealing with a dental emergency it’s important that you know exactly how to handle the situation so you can save your smile:

Knocked-out tooth

Knocked-out teeth are actually more common than you might realize. First, rinse off the tooth with warm water to remove any debris or dirt. Then, if possible, try to place the tooth back into the socket. If this doesn’t work you have two options: you can either hold the tooth between your cheeks or you can place it in a container of milk. Either way, you need to come in to see your Shelby Township dentist immediately. Those who seek treatment within an hour of injury stand the greatest chance of saving their tooth.

Fractured Tooth

If you’ve fractured a tooth you may experience shooting pains while chewing and sensitivity to extreme temperatures like hot or cold. If so, it’s important to see your dentist right away. A fracture won’t heal on its own. Collect any pieces of the tooth that you can find and place them in a container of milk.

For severe fractures, your Shelby Township dentist may opt for a dental crown to protect your tooth from further damage and restore strength.

Toothache

A toothache can be caused by a number of problems from a cavity to an abscessed tooth. Either way, a toothache spells trouble. None of these conditions will get better alone, so you need to see your Shelby Township dentist for treatment. Why wait? A toothache is miserable and won’t go away until treated.

Damaged Braces

At some point while wearing your braces, a bracket or wire might come off. If this happens you need to head to your Shelby Township dentist right away so we can repair your braces. If the wire is hanging out and you risk cutting yourself, use the eraser end of a pencil and slowly and gently push the wire back.

Bitten tongue/cheek

A bitten tongue or cheek can be scary, particularly if you are experiencing significant bleeding. Try to hold a moist piece of gauze on the bitten area and apply pressure. If the bleeding does not subside after 15 minutes, it’s time to head to your local emergency room for immediate treatment.

If you are dealing with any of these problems or if you are experiencing other symptoms, don’t hesitate to come into our office right away for treatment. Time is of the essence when it comes to protecting and preserving your smile. Call or visit your Shelby Township dentist today!

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Dentist in Shelby Township, MI
Sood Family Dental
56732 Van Dyke Avenue
Shelby Township, MI 48316
(586) 207-1471
 

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