Even when you do your best to take care of your pearly whites, accidents can still happen. That’s why Dr. Browne and his team in Prairie Village, KS, are dedicated to helping you during urgent dental situations. It can be scary to chip or lose a tooth or have a severe toothache. Here is what to do if you face a dental-related accident or injury.Read more: Handling Urgent Dental Care
Common Causes Of Tooth And Mouth Harm
There are several ways that your oral health can be put in danger. Playing contact sports can lead to bumping into others and chipping a tooth. Biting into tough foods can crack your pearly whites if you are not careful. A toothache can stem from a cavity that has not been treated or another undetected problem. No matter what the problem may be, we are here to help. This can be a stressful time, so it is important to be prepared so that you are not panicked in the moment.
Seeking Urgent Care
First, it’s important to stay calm. We know that this may be difficult, especially if you are bleeding or uncomfortable. However, remaining composed allows you to assess the situation and call us for an immediate appointment.
Next, save the tooth if possible. If pieces have been chipped off, or a whole structure has been lost, keep the pieces in a clean Ziploc bag if possible. Reduce the bleeding by placing gauze or cloth in the area. You can also take pain relievers to reduce your discomfort. Avoid eating or drinking for the time being to reduce pressure.
Finally, call to schedule an appointment. If we are unable to see you within the same day, we will give you care instructions. A cold compress may help you feel more comfortable and keep potential swelling down.
How We Can Help
At your emergency visit, we will examine the injury. Then we will determine the best plan of action to treat the damage. We offer extractions, restorations, and replacements when necessary. Restorations may include bonding a chipped tooth or placing a crown on the cracked surface to protect it from further injury. If the entire root has been knocked out and cannot be re-secured, we can create a prosthetic that can restore function and blend in naturally with your smile. If you are faced with damage that cannot be repaired, removing the structure may be the best option. After you have healed from the extraction, you can consult with your dentist about a prosthetic replacement.
We’re Here To Help
If you have a dental emergency, don’t wait until your next appointment for help. Give us a call at our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office at 913-901-8585.