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Common Dental Emergencies

Last updated 4 years ago

We all try to avoid dental emergencies, but emergencies do happen and it’s important to be prepared. Consider these common dental emergencies, so you’ll know exactly what to do. After suffering an oral injury, always consult with your dentist.

  • Chipped Tooth

After the accident occurs, locate the pieces of the chipped tooth immediately. Rinse out your mouth with warm salt water and gently clean all the broken pieces by running them under water. If there is bleeding near the chip, press gauze or tissue to the area until the bleeding stops. Use a cold compress near the chipped area to minimize swelling and relieve pain. Call your dentist as soon as possible.

  • Cracked Tooth

Similar to a chipped tooth, a cracked tooth can inflict a great deal of pain. Begin by contacting your dentist as soon as possible. It’s important to immediately treat a cracked tooth to prevent more severe damage and infection. Some solutions your dentist may use to treat a cracked tooth include a root canal and tooth extraction. Depending on the severity of your cracked tooth, your dentist may install a crown to repair the enamel of the tooth.

  • Missing Tooth

When one of your permanent teeth is knocked out, this dental emergency requires immediate attention. First, remain calm and locate the tooth. If you visit Dr. John Michael Tate or Dr. John Tyler Tate right away, he may be able to reinsert the missing tooth into its socket. To preserve the cells on the tip of the root and prevent them from dying, only handle the crown and place the entire tooth in milk before calling your dentist.

If you’re concerned about a recent dental emergency, then contact John Michael Tate, DDS, PA or John Tyler Tate, DDS. We treat missing crown and implant emergencies in addition to a variety of other dental services. For cosmetic dentistry services in Southlake, call us to schedule your appointment today at 1-(817) 481-6364.


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