Posts for tag: dental emergency

By Sood Family Dental
March 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental emergency  

How your dentist in Shelby Township, MI, can help with your dental emergency

Dental emergencies can happen quickly from a sudden accident, sports injury, or neglected tooth decay. Although these situations can be dental emergencyscary, they are less scary if you are prepared for the situation and know what to do. Read on to learn more about how to react during a dental emergency, and contact Dr. Sood at Sood Family Dental in Shelby Township, MI, if you need treatment.


More about Emergency Treatment

To prepare for a dental emergency, it’s helpful to complete a few simple tasks. You should make sure that you have the full contact information for Dr. Sood on your cell phone and posted in your home. Contact information should include the office phone number and after-hours and weekend contact information.

It’s also helpful to have a dental first aid kit in your home. The kit should contain over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol, sterile saline solution to rinse the injured area, a small container with a lid, and gauze squares to apply pressure/stop bleeding.

Common dental injuries include cuts to your gums, cheeks, or lips, and cracked or broken teeth. If you or someone you know suffers a dental emergency of this type, you can try:

  • Gently removing any debris from the area
  • Applying gauze and pressing gently to stop bleeding
  • Gently rinsing your mouth with saline solution
  • Applying an ice pack to the area for 15 minutes to reduce swelling
  • Calling the office of Dr. Sood for additional steps to take

Occasionally, teeth get knocked completely out or loose during a dental emergency. It’s important not to touch the roots of the tooth, because this can contaminate the tooth, making it more difficult to treat. Try to gently place the tooth back in the proper position, making sure to keep the tooth moist. You can also place the tooth between the gums and cheek to provide moisture. Visit Dr. Sood as soon as possible to treat this type of injury.


Concerned? Give Us a Call!

When you or someone you know suffers a dental emergency, it’s important to partner with your dentist for the best outcome. To find out more about dental emergency treatment, call Dr. Sood at Sood Family Dental in Shelby Township, MI, (586) 207-1471 today!

By Sood Family Dental
May 22, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental emergency  

Would you be prepared if you or a friend or relative experienced a dental emergency? In some cases, prompt action can mean the dental emergencydifference between saving or losing a tooth. Shelby Township, MI, dentist, Dr. Shikha Sood, discusses several different dental emergencies and explains what you should do if they occur.

Knocked out tooth

Falls, automobile accidents and sporting events are common causes of knocked out teeth. As soon as you realize that the tooth has been knocked out, start searching for it. If you find it, rinse it and put it back in its socket. If your tooth won't fit in the socket easily, don't worry. Wrap it in gauze, if you have it and place the tooth in a covered container filled with your saliva or milk. Call our Shelby Township office immediately. Reimplantation rates are much higher if you receive dental treatment within the first hour.

Loose tooth

The same accidents that knock out teeth can also loosen them and move them out of their normal position. If your tooth has moved, gently push it back in place without forcing it. A loose tooth should also be evaluated as soon as possible. During the trip to the office, don't touch your tooth or chew on it. If you're in pain, take an over-the-counter pain reliever and apply ice to your cheek.

Broken tooth

Blows to the face and accidents are common causes of broken teeth, but the problem can also occur if you have a crack in your tooth and take a bite of food. Take over-the-counter pain medications and hold an ice pack against your cheek to decrease pain and swelling. Applying a little dental cement to the exposed edges of the tooth can help control the pain until it's time for your emergency appointment. Dental cement is usually included in tooth repair kits available in stores.

Prompt treatment is the key to handling dental emergencies. If you experience an emergency, call Shelby Township, MI, dentist, Dr. Sood, at (586) 207-1471 immediately.

By Sood Family Dental
March 29, 2016
Category: Oral Health

For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.

Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.

If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.

If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.

When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.

When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment. Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.

And as for Noah Galloway:  In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!

If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”

By Sood Family Dental
November 26, 2013
Category: Oral Health

There's nothing quite like watching your son or daughter compete on the athletic field. It's a mixture of anticipation, pride — and occasionally, anxiety. Despite all the protective gear and training, kids are sometimes injured playing the sports they love. In fact, when it comes to dental injuries, teens are the most susceptible of any age group. Here's what you should know about preventing sports-related dental injuries in kids.

Of course you know that football and hockey players should always wear mouthguards, both at games and during practice. But don't forget about kids who play soccer, do gymnastics, wrestle or play basketball. According to the American Dental Association (ADA) these athletes — along with participants in about 20 other sports — also need to wear this important piece of protective gear. In fact, the ADA states that not wearing a mouthguard makes an athlete 60 times more likely to sustain dental injury!

In selecting a mouthguard, there are three basic options to choose from: the “off-the-shelf” type, the so-called “boil and bite” protector, and the custom-fitted mouthguard that we can fabricate. Let's look briefly at all three.

The first type, available at many sporting goods stores, comes in a limited range of sizes, and an unknown range of quality. It's the least expensive option, offering a minimal level of protection that's probably better than nothing.

The second type, although popular, is also limited in its protection. This one is designed to be immersed in hot water, and then formed in the mouth using finger, tongue and bite pressure. If it can be made to fit adequately, it's probably better than the first type — though it often lacks proper extensions, and fails to cover the back teeth. Also, upon impact, the rubber-like material will distort and not offer as much protection as you would like to have.

The third is a piece of quality sports equipment that's custom-made for your child's mouth (or your own). To fabricate this mouthguard, we first make a model of the individual's teeth, and then mold the protector to fit just right. Made from tough, high-quality material, it's designed to cover all teeth, back and front, without being excessively bulky. It can even be made to accommodate growing teeth and jaws. And, it's reasonable in cost.

To paraphrase the ADA's recommendation, the best mouthguard is the one you wear. A comfortable, correctly-fitted mouthguard is easy to wear — and it can help prevent dental injury, giving you one less thing to worry about. Now, if you could just get you child to keep her eye on the ball.

If you have questions about mouthguards or sports-related dental injuries, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Athletic Mouthguards” and “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry.”

Dentist in Shelby Township, MI
Sood Family Dental
56732 Van Dyke Avenue
Shelby Township, MI 48316

(586) 207-1471
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