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Dental emergencies comprise more than lost fillings. A pressing oral health need involves sudden tooth loss, oral lacerations, cracked crowns, toothaches or fractured/chipped teeth. At Eagle Dental in Homer, AK, Dr. James Bourne and his staff handle emergencies with speed, accuracy and of course, kindness. Here's what to do when you're faced with one of these situations.
What's a true emergency?
If you're experiencing severe oral bleeding, a dislocated jaw, broken facial bones or airway swelling, you have a true dental emergency. Get to your local hospital emergency room right away, advises the American Dental Association (ADA).
Also, very urgent dental problems require immediate action. Even though they are not truly life-threatening, they may involve:
- Lose of oral function
- Damage to personal appearance
- Loss or fracture of a restoration or tooth replacement, such as a filling, crown or denture
- Tooth fractured or knocked out
- Lateral displacement of one or more teeth
- Infection with pain, drainage, swelling, and fever
What can you do?
You can stabilize most emergencies with advice from your friends at Eagle Dental in Homer, AK. Call for a kind and quick response. Here are some immediate interventions to employ before seeing Dr. Bourne:
- Avulsed tooth Rinse the tooth with clear water, leaving any soft tissue intact. Place the tooth roots down into the socket and hold it there until you see Dr. Bourne for reimplantation.
- Broken tooth, filling or crown Bring the pieces to the office. Your dentist may use composite resin or other materials to repair your tooth.
- Toothache You may have a deep filling, impacted tooth or dental abscess. Take ibuprofen according to label directions, and ice your jaw as needed. Call our office for advice and an appointment.
- Broken orthodontic wire Cover it with orthodontic wax.
- Bleeding Apply pressure with a 4x4 gauze pad or clean cloth.
- Foreign object in between teeth Use dental floss to dislodge it.
- Broken partial or full denture Do not attempt a repair yourself. Bring your appliance to the office.
We will help you right away
At Eagle Dental in Homer, AK, our patients come first. In an emergency, Dr. Bourne and his team provide superior care to make you comfortable and your smile, looking and working at its very best. Never hesitate to call us at (907) 235-8574.
For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.
Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.
If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.
If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.
When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.
When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment.Â Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.
And as for Noah Galloway:Â In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!
If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”