Having a dental emergency can put you in a state of panic. Be it a knocked off tooth, external damage to the teeth, toothache, injured soft tissues of the mouth, etc., getting immediate dental treatment is key to making sure the condition doesn’t worsen. Also, the chances of successfully treating it are higher if you visit the dentist on time.
At Valley Dental, Dr. Browning gives a lot of importance to emergency dental situations as she understands that it is vital to treat them as soon as possible. We would diagnose your condition immediately, administer pain-relieving medication, explain your treatment options to you, and carry on with the procedure right away.
Common dental emergencies
- Avulsed tooth: Getting a tooth completely knocked off is anyone’s worst nightmare. A bad fall, a hard blow to the mouth or a sports-related injury can sometimes be so bad that a tooth could come right off. It can cause severe pain, bleeding, and swelling. In such cases, stay calm and make sure you don’t infect the injured area. If you happen to find the tooth, rinse it in clean water and keep it in a jar of milk. Rinse your mouth with water to get rid of any pieces of tooth and bite into a piece of gauze to stop the bleeding. When you visit our practice, bring the broken tooth along.
- Cracked or chipped tooth: Sometimes, when you bite into something too hard, the teeth may crack or chip. It can be quite painful and can expose the root canal of the tooth to the microbes in the mouth. Also, the aesthetics of the smile can become displeasing. We would carefully analyze the condition and suggest the right restorative treatment to bring it back to its original state.
- Injured soft tissues: You may sometimes accidentally bite your lips or the soft inner lining of the mouth. Experiencing soft tissue injury can be very painful and can cause bleeding. Clean the wound with cold water and keep a piece of gauze on it to prevent bleeding. You may apply a cold pack to reduce swelling and to relieve pain. Get to a dentist immediately to get it treated at the earliest.
- Failed restorations: Oral restorations such as crowns, fillings, inlays, sealants, etc. may fail when you chew on something too hard. It can expose the weak or decayed tooth to the microbes in the mouth and put it at risk. We would check the condition of the tooth and restore it as required.
In case of dental emergencies, call our practice at (408) 973 9600. We would be happy to help you at the earliest.