Dental emergencies such as broken teeth, injured lips and soft inner lining of the mouth, avulsed teeth, failed restorations, etc., come entirely unexpected. They can result in severe pain and put you in a state of shock. Reaching out to the dentist at the earliest is crucial in such situations, which can be the difference between losing and saving your teeth.
How to handle common oral concerns?
Broken teeth: A hard blow to the mouth, meeting with an automobile accident, going through a bad fall, or a sports-related injury can lead to a broken tooth. This condition can be quite painful and may even result in severe bleeding. As first aid, you may rinse your mouth with water to wash away the microbes, blood, and broken tooth fragments. Use a clean piece of gauze to apply pressure on the site of injury, which will help to reduce bleeding and facilitate the formation of a clot. To ease the pain and swelling, you may place a cold pack on the cheek.
Avulsed teeth: Teeth that are completely knocked off from the mouth are called avulsed or uprooted teeth. Since the nerves and blood vessels within would be disturbed, there would be extreme pain and bleeding. Acting swiftly in such a situation can help us put the tooth back in place and allow it to reattach to the surrounding tissues. If you find the avulsed tooth, hold it using the crown only and avoid touching the root to keep yourself from infecting it. Rinse it with water and place it in a glass of milk while bringing it along to the dentist. If you reach our dental practice within an hour of the incident, we may be able to put it back in position.
Injured soft tissues: The soft tissues in the mouth will be full of nerves and blood vessels, which is why an injury to them would result in profuse bleeding. If the wound is quite deep, it is advisable to get it treated at the earliest, failing, which could result in infection.
Failed restorations: Dental restorations like crowns, bridges, veneers, or fillings that have fallen off or get displaced have to be restored to protect the surface of the teeth underneath. We will take precise oral scans and x-rays, which we will use as a reference to fabricate ceramic dental restorations.
Please schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Gyampo, by calling us at (919) 682-4861 or reaching us through an online query, and we’ll be happy to guide you further.