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Emergency Dentistry

 A woman holding her jaw in pain talking to a dentist. Dental emergencies are extremely stressful and painful experiences. If there is facial trauma in areas other than teeth, such as a broken jaw, concussion, or torn skin, go to the emergency room immediately. But if only teeth are affected, it is essential to know the procedure. If a tooth is knocked out, cracked, or broken, knowing what to do can make a significant difference in saving the tooth and preventing further complications.

Cracked Teeth

Untreated cavities, biting hard objects, and trauma can all result in a fractured tooth. In the event of a cracked tooth, observe the following steps.

First, rinse your mouth gently with warm water to remove any debris. Next, apply a cold pack to the outside of your cheek to reduce swelling. If the cracked tooth has a sharp edge, you can cover it with dental wax or sugarless gum to prevent injury to your cheek or tongue.

Contact us right away. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage discomfort until you come into our office. In the meantime, avoid chewing on the side of your mouth with the cracked tooth and abstain from hot, cold, and hard foods.

Broken Teeth

A broken tooth differs from a cracked tooth in that a piece of the tooth gets broken off. If this happens, there's a chance we can reattach it. Save it in a clean container with some milk or a tooth-preservation solution. Then observe the steps listed above in the event of a broken tooth.

Avulsed Teeth

A tooth that is knocked out, also known as an avulsed tooth, is a critical dental emergency that requires immediate action. The success of re-implantation depends on acting quickly and correctly.

First, handle the tooth carefully, touching it only by the crown (the chewing surface) and avoid touching the root. This helps preserve the delicate ligaments on the root surface. If the tooth is dirty, you can gently rinse it with milk or a saline solution. Do not use tap water, soap, or scrub it.

Try to reinsert the tooth back into the socket. Hold it in place by gently biting down on a piece of gauze or a clean cloth. If this is not possible, place the tooth in a tooth preservation solution or milk.

Contact us immediately and use over-the-counter pain relievers until you come into our office. Time is of the essence. The chances of saving the tooth decrease significantly after 30 minutes.

Prevention Is Key

While knowing how to respond to dental emergencies is crucial, it's equally important to practice preventive care. Protect your teeth by wearing mouth guards during sports activities, avoid chewing on hard objects like ice and pens, and practice good oral hygiene.

Regular dental check-ups are essential for catching and addressing potential issues before they become emergencies. Dr. Kathiravan Mohan will identify problems like weakened enamel or dental fractures during routine exams and provide guidance on avoiding further complications.

Dental emergencies are stress-inducing events, but by acting swiftly and appropriately you can make a significant difference in preserving your oral health.


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Urgent dental care in Leighton, PA. Available for dental emergencies to alleviate pain, treat infections, and handle dental trauma swiftly.
Comfort Dental Excellence, 8555 Interchange Road, Lehighton, PA 18235 • 610-681-6262 • • 5/22/2024 • Related Phrases: Dentist Lehighton PA •