Are You Experiencing a Dental Emergency?
Emergencies are a part of life, no matter how much we may try to avoid them. Just as you would seek expert help if you had an emergency with your health, we encourage you to get the expert help you need when you experience a dental emergency. Our dentists and team at Aesthetic Dentistry Associates are highly trained and experienced to give you the care you need in an emergency situation.
What Is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is any kind of situation where you require immediate treatment from a dental professional. At our office, we understand that some accidents happen after business hours, and that it can be hard to find someone to give you the proper care. If you have a dental emergency, we encourage you to contact our office and schedule a time to meet with Dr. Umansky at the soonest time possible. Our dentists can treat you for a variety of dental emergencies, including:
- Lasting and intense dental pain
- A knocked-out tooth
- A broken or chipped tooth
- Torn or damaged soft tissue in the mouth, including the gums, lips, and cheeks
- A fractured or cracked tooth
- A partially knocked-out tooth
- A lost dental restoration, such as a crown or filling
What to Do Until You Meet With a Dentist
In some emergency situations, you may have to wait overnight until you can see a dentist and receive the care you need. If this is the case, we have provided one instructions for you to follow so that when your treatment will go smoothly.
- Pick up the tooth by the crown, NOT the roots
- Rinse the tooth with water. Do not scrub the tooth or use soap.
- Do not dry the tooth with a rag or tissue.
- If possible, place the tooth back into the socket. Hold it in place with your fingers, or by gently biting down.
- If you cannot place the tooth back into the socket, place it in your mouth, between your cheek and gums. You can also place it in a glass of milk to keep it moist.
- Visit your dentist within 30 minutes; any amount of time after that increases your chances of not being able to save your tooth.
Cracked, Broken, or Fractured Teeth
- If your tooth is cracked or fractured, set up an appointment with your dentist. There is nothing you can do at home to treat a cracked tooth.
- If your tooth is broken, rinse your mouth with warm water. Apply a gauze with slight pressure to stop any bleeding. You can also apply a cold pack to reduce swelling.
Lost Dental Restoration
- Apply a small amount of clove oil to the area for pain relief.
- If you still have your crown, clean the inside of the crown and slip it back into place over the tooth.
- If you can put your crown back on, coat the inside with dental cement (which you can find at a pharmacy) so that it can adhere to your tooth. Do NOT use household glues.
- If you do not have your crown or filling, you can put dental cement directly onto your natural tooth. This will help protect your tooth until you can visit the dentist.
If you experience any sort of dental emergency, we encourage you to contact our office right away. Our dentists and team can provide you with additional instructions as to how to care for your tooth until we can see you.
While dental emergencies may be scary, our team at Aesthetic Dentistry Associates is here to help ensure that you receive the prompt, comprehensive care you need. If you require emergency dental care in Humble, Texas, call us right away at 281-446-4700 and set up a time to visit with Dr. Umansky.