By Michael V. Bleyzer, DDS
November 21, 2014
Category: Dentist
Tags: Dental Trauma  

While no one likes to think about dental problems, it’s important to always be prepared.

When dental emergencies arise for either yourself or a loved one, it’s important to act fast in order to preserve your smile. Your Pomona dentist gives you some quick tips for handling any dental emergency.Dental Trauma

Signs of Dental Trauma

Symptoms and problems that identify a dental trauma:

  • Do you notice facial swelling?
  • Are you experiencing pain?
  • Did you completely knock out your tooth?
  • Can you find pieces of your fractured or cracked tooth?
  • Are you bleeding heavily (tongue, cheeks, etc.)?

If you’re experiencing swelling

Place a cold compress on the side of your face that is experiencing swelling. This should help reduce the puffiness and inflammation. However, never put ice directly on your skin. Always wrap it in a towel or wash cloth first.

If you’re experiencing pain

You can take over-the-counter pain medications to help soothe the discomfort. Opt for anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs like ibuprofen. Never place aspirin or medication directly on the sore tooth or gums, as this can burn gums.

If you’ve knocked out a tooth

While your Pomona dentist knows how scary this can be, try to remain as calm as possible. Handle your tooth by the crown only and never its roots. If you can, gently place the tooth back into the socket. However, if you can’t, you can also place the tooth in a container of milk. It’s imperative that you come in to see your local dentist right away. If we can treat the tooth within an hour of the incident, the prognosis will be significantly better!

If you’ve cracked or fractured your tooth

If you can, collect the chipped tooth pieces and put them in a container for your dentist. Your Pomona dentist may be able to bond the broken pieces back to your tooth. The more you can save, the better!

If you’re bleeding

If you’ve bitten your cheek or tongue and are bleeding, hold gauze over the area and apply pressure. If the bleeding doesn’t stop after 15 minutes, or the bleeding is severe, it’s time to make a trip to your nearest emergency room. Always play it safe!

When it comes to dental emergencies, the sooner you can come into our office for treatment the better it will be. Bring any pieces of your tooth that you find and call our office to let us know you’re coming in for an emergency visit. Time is of the essence when it comes to caring for your smile!

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