From an unfortunate backyard game turned accident to a painful toothache, many painful scenarios put you at risk for a dental emergency.
We urge our Springfield, MO patients to see us right away after an injury or abnormal tooth pain so we can prevent further damage to your teeth and gums. Emergency dentists Dr. Shannon White and Dr. Preston White prioritize restoring your oral health along with relieving any pain or discomfort.
Here are some helpful tips for how to handle a dental emergency:
Don't Wait Too Long with a Knocked-Out Tooth
Some dental emergencies can wait until the next available appointment, but a tooth that has been dislodged from its socket needs to be handled quickly. Your dentist may be able to save your tooth if we can see you soon after the event.
Try not to handle the knocked-out tooth by the root, instead gently pick it up by the head and rinse it of any dirt or debris. It's essential to keep the root from drying out, and the safest place for a tooth is in your mouth. If you're not comfortable with keeping your tooth in your mouth, you can also place it in a cup of water or milk until you can see us.
Use a Cold Compress for Swelling
Whether you have injured your mouth or have a broken tooth, chances are you might have some painful inflammation. After a traumatic injury, we recommend rinsing your mouth and stop the bleeding with clean gauze. You can minimize pain and swelling by applying a cold compress for 20 minutes at a time.
Don't Try to Remove Stubborn Debris
Imagine you're enjoying a nice movie night in with some delicious popcorn, and suddenly you feel an uncomfortable piece of kernel in your teeth. Your first instinct might be to remove this foreign invader with something sharp, like a needle or a pen. As much as you want that piece gone from between your teeth, you might end up causing bleeding and infection. If dental floss can't remove an object stuck between your teeth, please give White Smiles Family Dental a call so we can safely relieve you of your discomfort.
Call Us If You Have a Dental Emergencies
All dental emergencies are different—if you are experiencing anything unusual with your oral health, call us right away.