A dental emergency can happen in an instant. One moment you can be joking and laughing with a friend and the next you can trip and suffer a blow to the mouth, cracking or breaking a tooth. If this situation were to happen to you, do you know what to do? Your Prosper dentist, Dr. Vimal Patel, shares first aid tips for four dental emergencies.
Dealing with Dental Emergencies
- Bitten tongue. If you bite your tongue and it begins bleeding, clean your tongue with a cloth. Also, apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. If bleeding persists, seek medical help.
- Knocked-out tooth. If your tooth has been knocked out, rinse your mouth with warm water. Doing so can remove bacteria from your mouth and lower your risk of infection. Next, look for your missing tooth. If you can find it, rinse it off and replace it in the empty socket. If you feel uncomfortable replacing your tooth, you can also put it in a cup of milk. Finally, contact your Prosper emergency dentist, Dr. Patel, for treatment, and bring the tooth with you for your dental visit.
- Broken tooth. If you suffer a broken tooth, your tooth is immediately at a heightened risk of infection. Thus, your first priority should be to rinse your mouth with warm water to help rid it of bacteria. Next, apply a cold compress to help reduce any swelling, and call Dr. Patel for emergency treatment.
- Cracked tooth. Just as with a broken tooth, a cracked tooth has an increased chance of succumbing to infection. Rinse your mouth with warm water and seek dental treatment. A cold compress can reduce swelling.
Visit Your Prosper Emergency Dentist
If you have a dental emergency, prompt care is imperative. Your Prosper emergency dentist, Dr. Patel, offers after-hour emergency care for patients of record. If you require emergency or non-emergency dental work or if you would like to schedule a consultation, contact our 75078 dentist office. For more information, email us at [email protected]. We serve patients from Prosper and the surrounding communities.