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Being faced with an emergency can be frightening. Dental emergencies are no different. Even minor dental injuries, ones that you might not think are a big deal, should be taken care of quickly and properly. However, when faced with a dental emergency, you might not know what to do. Optimum Oral Surgery Group can help to point you in the right direction.
Tooth pain is often an indication of an infection. It can also be a sign that there is something simply stuck between your teeth. First, brush and floss your teeth gently and thoroughly. If nothing comes out, your pain persists, and you notice other symptoms of an infection, then you should schedule an appointment immediately. With a thorough oral exam, including digital images, we can diagnose an infection, and provide you with the treatment you need to alleviate pain and restore your oral health.
The teeth are the strongest substance in the human body. Despite their strength, they can still be subject to chips or fractures. Even minor damage should be evaluated immediately. It might not seem serious at the time, but even minor damage can develop into something more serious over time. Most chips and fractures are relatively painless, but if the root the damage extends into the root, it can be quite painful. The severity of your tooth damage will play a significant role in determining your treatment. Many types of chips and fractures can be treated with a crown. In more serious cases, the affected tooth may need to be extracted and replaced.
Partially Dislodged Teeth
Some injuries can result in teeth that are knocked deeper into the socket or partially knocked out. In either situation, it is important that you do not attempt to reset the tooth by yourself. Cold compresses and over the counter pain relievers can help you to manage discomfort until your appointment. Once in the office, we can reset the tooth and secure it with a splint so that it can stabilize in your jaw. If the tooth does not heal, a root canal may be required.
Some types of dental trauma can result in the avulsion of a tooth. This is when a tooth is completely knocked out of your mouth. In these situations, it is possible to replant the tooth. First, find the tooth and clean it off under running water. Be careful not to touch the root end. Store the tooth in a jar of milk or salt water until your appointment. In many cases, we can replant the tooth and secure it with a splint. If the tooth cannot be saved, we can present you with options for tooth replacement.
If you have been faced with a dental emergency, taking proper care right away is important. For more information on dental emergencies, and to schedule your emergency appointment, call Optimum Oral Surgery Group at (856) 437-4432 today.