Friday, June 26, 2015

How to Handle Dental Emergencies

 Most of the time, people who visit our Coleman, TX  dental office do so for cleanings and checkups as part of an ongoing commitment good dental health. Other times, there are dental emergencies that need immediate attention. In dental emergency situations, you can contact our office and we will work to fit you in as soon as possible.

What defines a dental emergency?

Dental emergencies typically refer to conditions in which the teeth or gums are seriously damaged and require professional treatment. Sometimes, treatment must be done right away in order to prevent even more serious consequences from occurring. Examples of dental emergencies might include injuries, which can range from chipped, broken, or knocked-out Teeth.

Other forms of dental emergencies involve infections of the tooth or surrounding tissues. If infections spread below the gum line, they can lead to an abscess and significant discomfort. Abscesses are especially dangerous because they damage supporting structures below the teeth and, if left untreated, can enter the bloodstream and spread to other parts of the body.

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

In cases where the tooth is knocked out, it might be possible to replace it in the socket, so long as the tooth is handled properly and the patient gets to the dentist within an hour or so. However, many times it becomes necessary to consider replacements for the missing tooth, such as a bridge or dental implant. Some dental emergencies involve damage to dental work, such as lost fillings and crowns. This often results in discomfort or pain. While waiting to see the dentist, patients can diminish pain by applying clove oil to the tooth. Dr. Thompson will help restore function with a temporary or more short-term solution until your new, permanent is complete.

Contact Your Emergency Dentist

When you are suffering from a dental emergency, you want a dentist that you can depend on to treat the condition promptly. You want someone who can put you at ease during a stressful time. Call our Coleman office immediately if you have experienced a dental emergency. We will provide advice over the phone and have you visit our office as soon as you can.

Dr. Thompson has extensive experience dealing with all manner of tooth trauma and dental emergencies. You don’t have to put up with pain or wait until the problem gets worse. Contact our Coleman office today.

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