A dental emergency is an extremely stressful and scary experience. The good news is that at Heck Family Dentistry of Lawrence, you have two kind, knowledgeable dentists to turn to in the worst-case scenario. Dr. Heck and Dr. Beshore will make time to see you quickly for emergency dentistry in Lawrence, KS, and they’ll use the state-of-the-art technology at their disposal along with their extensive experience to narrow down the root of the problem and provide a successful treatment.
No one definition properly describes all dental emergencies, but in general, you should take persistent oral pain and noticeable dental damage as warning signs that something is wrong with your mouth. The issue might be due to prolonged dental decay or a sudden accident. You’ll need to follow certain steps to take care of your teeth before it’s time for your appointment. The following tips can help you during specific common emergencies.
Rinse and floss thoroughly to get rid of anything trapped between your teeth. Ibuprofen and other kinds of pain medication can be used to control the pain while you’re waiting for an appointment. (Avoid aspirin; it could cause a burning sensation if it touches the tooth or the gums.)
Some chips and cracks are relatively minor, and others are serious enough that they could lead to an extraction. Protect what remains of the tooth’s structure by not chewing on the affected side of your mouth. You can hold a cold pack to your cheek to reduce swelling around the tooth.
You have about an hour to get to our dental office if you want us to successfully replant the tooth. Handle it by the crown at all times, and try to put it back in its socket if you can. You can hold it in place with your tongue. If it won’t go back in, you can keep it in a glass of milk instead. Make sure that it stays moist at all times so that the living cells attached to the root stay alive.
A lost restoration can temporarily be reattached to the tooth with a denture adhesive, sugar-free gum, or a dab of toothpaste. That should help hold it in place until we can either permanently reattach it or place a new one. The tooth will probably be sensitive, so take care to avoid any foods that are hot, cold, or hard to chew.
Changing your daily routine in certain ways can make it easier to avoid a dental emergency. Take note of any bad oral habits like chewing your fingernails or opening packages with your teeth, and try to drop them altogether. Do not bite down on peppermints, popcorn kernels, or other foods that can crack enamel. Always wear a mouthguard when playing sports or if you grind your teeth at night. Keep your teeth and gums safe by brushing and flossing twice every day.
There are many different kinds and degrees of dental injuries and oral pain. The kind of treatment that you’ll need will vary based on your situation. A complete examination is needed before we can give you an estimate for the services that we believe are necessary to save your smile. We’ll work with you to keep your costs to a minimum using your insurance benefits or third-party financing.
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