Protecting Teeth Before Emergency Care

When you know your dentist is here to help during a dental emergency, a problem with severe tooth pain or dental damage can feel less scary. With that said, you can still have questions and concerns about how you can protect your smile until you arrive for treatment. Our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office can work with you to arrange care in the shortest time possible in response to an injury or worrying discomfort. With the right efforts, you can manage discomfort and protect yourself against further harm before you arrive. Proper support before you arrive is especially important when you have a tooth that is loose or dislodged, as better handling can improve your chances of preserving your full smile.

We Can Help When You Need To Arrange Urgent Treatment

In circumstances where you need dental work done on short notice, our practice can help. Because you have access to emergency services, you can minimize the time you have to spend with an active toothache, or with embarrassing damage to your enamel. The sooner you come in for treatment, the less likely you are to have complications that require more involved restorative dental work. Of course, even when you can set up prompt care, you may need to take care to protect your vulnerable tooth against further harm. This can be especially true when it is no longer securely in its socket and at risk for being lost.

Managing Discomfort Before Your Appointment

Discomfort can be a hard-to-miss sign that something is wrong with your oral health. You may have pain that continues to bother you after a physical injury, which can alert you to a need for care. It is also possible for discomfort to arise seemingly without cause—the onset of sensitivity or pain can be a warning that a cavity has progressed to the point where your tooth is experiencing an infection. Over the counter pain relievers can help you ease your pain. You may also want to use an ice pack or cold compress to help you feel comfortable.

Taking Care Of A Dislodged Tooth Before Your Visit

If your tooth is loose or knocked out completely, you should take care to protect it before your appointment. If you can gently guide a loose tooth back into its socket with your tongue, you can try to keep it in position until it is looked at. For a tooth that is completely knocked out, make sure that you only hold it by its crown, wash it gently if necessary without removing organic tissues, and protect it from drying out by keeping a small amount of milk in its container.

Talk To Your Prairie Village, KS Dentist About Emergency Care

Through your access to emergency dental services, you can avoid potentially serious trouble with your smile and minimize the time you spend in discomfort. If you want to know more, please reach out to our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office at 913-901-8585.