Protecting Your Injured Tooth Before A Dental Appointment

Because your Prairie Village, KS dentist is able to meet patients and provide emergency dental care, you can enjoy prompt treatment when a tooth is injured or in pain. With that said, even if you have arranged same-day treatment, you still have to worry about your problem tooth until you arrive for care. What can you do to make sure the condition of a broken tooth does not worsen? How can you make sure a loose or dislodged tooth remains safe until you arrive at our practice? When you call to schedule urgent care, we can offer suggestions to help you travel with the tooth safely, and to address the discomfort that you are in.

Keeping A Broken Or Painful Tooth Safe On Your Way To See Your Dentist

After a tooth is chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged, it can be vulnerable to further damage and pain until it has been secured with a dental crown. If a tooth is badly chipped and cracked, or if it is sensitive to pain, you can alleviate some pain with an ice pack or cold compress. Be careful about putting pressure on the tooth before your appointment. While you may be less than concerned about food when your tooth is aching, avoid drinking anything, or chewing on something. You can carefully take a pain reliever to help with the discomfort, but take care to avoid interfering with your injury.

How Can I Safely Carry A Dislodged Tooth?

If your tooth is dislodged, and you cannot comfortably re-insert it in its socket, you can safely transport it to your dentist to be restored. Make sure that you only touch the tooth’s crown, and never handle the root. If it is dirty, use warm water to carefully clean its surface. To keep it moist while you travel, you can carry it in a container of milk.

A tooth that has been knocked out is more likely to be saved when it is properly handled and promptly addressed by your dentist. With that said, sometimes there is just no way to return it to its proper place even if you have taken appropriate precautionary measures. In this situation, we can begin plans to restore the missing tooth with a dental bridge, or with a dental implant-held restoration.

A Problem Can Be Serious Even If Your Tooth Remains Intact

Even if your tooth is fully intact, and shows no signs of physical damage, you should be concerned about lingering pain. Discomfort that does not persist can be a sign that the tooth has suffered internal damage. If this is the case, its health can worsen and cause you more discomfort until a root canal procedure has been performed.

Dr. Browne Is Ready To Help You Restore An Injured Tooth!

At our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office, we are prepared to help patients who come to us in need of restorative care on short notice. To learn more, or to arrange a visit with Dr. Browne, please contact our office today at (913) 901-8585.