Emergency Dentist in Sunnyvale, TX
Dental emergencies are both terrifying and unpleasant. To relieve discomfort and provide the teeth the best chance of life, prompt treatment is nearly always necessary.
Teeth can be cracked as a result of trauma, grinding, or biting on hard objects.
Fillings, crowns, and other restorative devices can be damaged or fall out of the mouth entirely in other instances. If you are experiencing significant pain, please contact our office right away. Dental emergencies nearly usually worsen without care, and dental problems might put your physical health in jeopardy.
Types of dental emergencies and how to deal with them
Avulsed tooth (tooth knocked out)
It is critical to see a dentist as soon as possible if a tooth has been knocked out of the mouth. Tissues, nerves, and blood vessels are injured when a tooth leaves the mouth. If the tooth can be replaced in its socket within an hour, the tissues may grow back to support it.
Take the following steps:
- Contact us about your emergency dental needs as soon as possible.
- Rinse the tooth under warm water while holding it by the crown.
- Replace the tooth back in its socket or your cheek pouch.
- As a final option, place the tooth in a cup of milk, saliva, or water if it cannot be placed in the mouth. It's critical not to let the tooth dry up.
- Arrive at our office for an emergency dental visit.
We'll try to put the tooth back in its original socket. The tooth may reconnect in some circumstances, but if the inner structures of the teeth are severely injured, root canal therapy may be required.
Lost filling or crown
A crown or filling usually comes free when eating. The damaged tooth may be extremely sensitive to temperature changes and pressure once it is removed from the mouth. Crowns become loose due to deterioration in the tooth beneath them. The deterioration affects the shape of the teeth, causing the crown to no longer fit.
Make an appointment with us as soon as possible if a crown has fallen out of your mouth. Keep the crown in a cold, dry area in case we need to re-insert it. The teeth may shift or suffer more damage if the crown is removed from the mouth for an extended length of time.
Here are the actions to take if we are not immediately available:
- To relieve pain, apply clove oil to the tooth.
- Clean the crown and use dental cement to adhere it to the tooth. This is available from a local pharmacy.
- If the crown is missing, apply dental cement to the top of the tooth to relieve pain.
- DO NOT attach the crown with any form of glue.
We'll check to see whether the crown still fits.
It will be reattached to the tooth if it does. If deterioration is discovered, it will be addressed and a replacement crown constructed.
Cracked or broken teeth
Although the teeth are durable, they are still susceptible to fractures, cracks, and breaks. Fractures can be relatively painless at times, but if the crack spreads down into the root, the pain is likely to be severe. Trauma, grinding, and biting are the most common causes of fractures, cracks, and breaks, which can take many various shapes. There is no choice but to book an appointment as soon as possible if a tooth has been shattered or cracked.
When a portion of tooth has been broken off, here are some steps that can be taken at home:
- Contact our office.
- Use lukewarm water to rinse the tooth fragment and your mouth.
- If there is bleeding, apply gauze to the area for approximately 10 minutes.
- To reduce swelling and pain, place a cold, moist dishtowel on the cheek.
- If you can't see us right away, cover the afflicted region with over-the-counter dental cement.
- Apply a topical analgesic.
What we can do will be limited by the nature of the break or fracture. Root canal therapy is often the most effective technique to keep a tooth if a fracture or crack spreads into the root. In the event of a total break, your dentist will normally temporarily reattach the piece to the tooth.
It may be possible to salvage a tooth that has been displaced or loosened from its socket due to trauma or disease. If the tooth stays in the mouth and is still connected to the blood vessels and nerves, root canal therapy is unlikely to be required.
To schedule an appointment, please call our office right away. In the interim, alleviate pain with a cold compress and over-the-counter drugs. To stabilize the tooth, your dentist will relocate it and use splints. Root canal therapy may be required if the tooth fails to recover.
Please contact our office if you have any questions or concerns concerning dental emergency.