Because a dental emergency can happen at any time, understanding the symptoms that require swift treatment can expedite receiving care. Severe damage to one of your teeth can greatly impact your ability to enjoy life when speaking or at mealtime and the effect on your appearance can be quite disruptive. It is important to seek care promptly for a dental emergency, because even an injury that seems minor at first can lead to significant future harm when left untreated. In fact, early treatment can save natural teeth that would otherwise require extraction at a later date.
At our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office, we provide emergency oral health services to treat and repair different injuries to your teeth. Whether you break, chip, or knock out one of your teeth, we can treat immediate trauma and plan a restoration.
Chipped Or Broken Teeth
Physical trauma to one of your teeth can cause a chipping of the surface or even a full break. When this happens, collect any loose pieces of tooth and bring them with you to your emergency appointment. If you experience bleeding, apply a wet, clean cloth until the bleeding stops. A cold compress or ice pack can reduce swelling and treat pain when placed against the side of your face. Because breaks and chips expose the inside of your tooth to various bacteria in your oral cavity, seek treatment right away to prevent possible infection or cavity development.
In situations where a tooth is fully knocked-out, collect it for possible replacement in your mouth. Never touch the roots of a lost tooth, but instead touch it by its crown. Gently rinse the tooth with water and place it into a saltwater bath or container of milk to bring to your emergency visit. For this or any other dental emergency, if you believe your injury to be life-threatening, first visit the emergency room of your nearest hospital before seeking dental care.
Lost Dental Restorations
From time to time, a dental crown or filling can become loose or fall out of your mouth. When your restoration is removed, the inside of your tooth is exposed to bacteria within your mouth and susceptible to infection or cavity formation. Please contact us right away so we may plan a new restoration to replace the lost crown or filling. Attending regular dental visits also allows us to detect any lost restorations that you may have not even noticed.
Call Us Now For Any Dental Emergency
Repairing damage from a dental injury can help protect your smile from future complications. Our professional touch can ease the pain of a damaged tooth. For further information on what to do in this situation, please contact our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office at 913-901-8585. Our office is located on the south west corner of 75th and State Line at the Crossroads of Prairie Village, Waldo, Brookside, Mission Hills, Leawood and Overland Park.