Accidents and biting into food that’s too hard are the most common causes of dental emergencies involving cracked, broken, and dislodged teeth. Because untreated dental emergencies often result in serious complications, it’s important to call, make an appointment online, or visit Dr. Chinatu Ego-Osuala at Paramount Dental Care in Takoma Park and Silver Springs, Maryland as soon as possible.
Dr. Ego-Osuala offers emergency dentistry when you’ve been hit in the face or suffer from any trauma to your mouth that requires immediate treatment to save a tooth, stop bleeding, or alleviate severe pain. This could include loose teeth, swelling in your mouth or face, and bulges or knots on your gums.
It’s best to see Dr. Ego-Osuala for emergency dentistry within a half hour of the accident. While waiting, several steps can help improve your outcome:
To improve the chances of Dr. Ego-Osuala reinserting the tooth:
If your tooth gets knocked out of alignment, try to shift it back in position and then bite down to keep your tooth from moving until Dr. Ego-Osuala stabilizes it.
Without pain, chipped teeth aren’t dental emergencies. However, you still need to be careful while eating so that the chip doesn’t worsen.
Dr. Ego-Osuala considers cracks and fractures to be emergencies since these often suggest damage to both the inside and outside of your tooth. Be sure to:
If an accident results in a puncture wound, a cut, or tear to the lower half of your face, including your lips, cheeks, mouth, or tongue, clean the area immediately with warm water. Then, apply pressure to control your bleeding. Acetaminophen helps alleviate any pain associated with your injury.
If you or a loved one needs an emergency dentist, it’s best to be prepared and try not to panic. A small dental first aid kit with the following also helps:
If you’ve had an accident and need an emergency dentist, call Paramount Dental Care in Takoma Park, Maryland to avoid complications.