Oral emergencies are no fun. They cannot be planned for, but they CAN be prepared for. If you know what to do during an oral emergency, it is less likely the damage will be permanent.
One relatively minor oral accident is biting your lips and gums. Although these are usually small accidents, they can potentially be quite serious, as they can lead to infection.
If you are bleeding, wash out your mouth with warm water and apply a sterile gauze pad to the wound. If the wound bleeds profusely and continues after a few minutes, you may need to get stitches to close the wound. See a medical professional as soon as possible.
More serious oral emergencies can occur while you are playing contact sports, eating ice or crunchy foods, or during basic daily activities.
Sometimes teeth are damaged beyond repair, and what is left of the tooth must be extracted and replaced. However, it is sometimes possible for dentists to reattach teeth that have been knocked out or damaged! Keeping the tooth, or bits of a tooth, moisturized is vital for future re-attachment success. Place the tooth in between your cheek and gum, or in the spot it was knocked out from. If that is not possible, place the tooth in a tooth preservative product–or even milk–until a trip to visit your dentist can be made. Call the dentist immediately! Explain to your dentist that you have a dental emergency and describe it the best you can. Our dental team at Centro Family Dental will coach you through what to do, step-by-step. This will give you the highest chance of saving your tooth.
If you have a dental emergency, or would like to have a professional exam from our team at Centro Family Dental, simply book an appointment at our dentist office in Houston, Texas, by calling us at 713-644-4446. Dr. Shahnam Amini and the rest of our team would be glad to take care of your smile.