If you are experiencing a potentially life-threatening emergency, call 911 immediately. however, if you are experiencing what is considered to be a dental emergency, we have a simple guide that can aid you in what to do when an emergency strikes. Dental emergencies range from Knocked out or cracked teeth to Lost fillings and toothaches. Thankfully, if an emergency strikes you in Grand Prairie, Prime Dental can help. We will do everything within our power to save and restore your teeth after damage.
In the event that your tooth is knocked out due to physical impact, attempt to place it back in the space where it came out from in your mouth. Hold it in the gum line without touching the root if possible. If this is not possible, it is best to keep your tooth moist by placing it in your mouth or into a cup of milk. If you can get to a dentist right away, it is likely that we will be able to save the tooth. The likelihood of your tooth being saved is highest if you can get to a dentist within 1 hour of it being knocked out.
The American Dental Association recommends rinsing your tooth immediately with lukewarm water. You should also place cool compresses on your face to reduce swelling on the injured side. See a dentist nearby Grand Prairie as soon as possible.
If you have a filling and it becomes loose or falls out of the tooth, attempts to fill the hole in the tooth with a small piece of sugarless gum or over the counter dental cement. This should keep the space from becoming infected until you’re able to see a dentist.
It is certainly possible for a toothache to get to a point where it can be considered a dental emergency. In this case, rinse the mouth out with warm water, then use dental floss to gently remove debris that may be lodged between the pained teeth. If you are experiencing swelling, apply a cold compress on the affected side to lower the swelling. Give us a call as soon as possible, because a toothache is likely caused by a serious infection.
Many dental emergencies are caused by sports injuries which can be avoided with proper protection. Others are caused by poor oral hygiene which can be the cause of serious cavities. If you have any questions regarding preventative dentistry, or you have a dental emergency in Grand Prairie, please give Prime Dental a call right away.