Trauma And Accidents Can Lead To Dental Emergencies

a man with a knocked out toothDental emergencies are often caused by trauma and accidents. Injury to your face or mouth area can be caused when you are playing contact sports or if you are involved in a car accident. Or, your face can hit the floor if you slipped and fell. As a result, your tooth can be broken, knocked loose or completely knocked out. At times like these, it is important to seek emergency dental care right away.

We always have special appointments set aside for patients who need to be seen right away due to an emergency. If your tooth is knocked out, there is a window of time where it is still possible to save your tooth and replant it back into the socket. It is crucial that you see us as soon as possible.

If you wait too long before you see us, you may miss that opportunity in saving your tooth.

Have You Had a Trauma of Accident That Has Caused Injury To Your Teeth or Gums?

There are certain immediate procedures that you should follow in preserving your tooth as you are making your way to our Milwaukee dental clinic.

When your tooth is knocked out, there are gum tissue and roots that are still attached to the tooth. You want to preserve these tissues which are important in replanting your tooth back into your mouth. Pick up your tooth by the crown, not by the roots. Rinse the tooth gently with water to remove any dirt on it, making sure that the gum tissue and roots are not washed off. If possible, put the tooth back into the socket and try to keep it in place as you head to our dental clinic. If your tooth cannot stay in place, put it in some milk or in some saliva in a cup. Control your bleeding and put a cold compress on your face to control the swelling.

If your tooth is knocked out of position but is still attached to its socket, try to gently move your tooth back into position and call us immediately for an emergency appointment.

Every minute counts in saving your tooth. Follow the steps described above and see us right away. We will use every effort in saving your tooth and restoring your beautiful smile.

You only have one set of natural adult teeth. With proper care, your teeth should last you a lifetime. Therefore, if you ever sustain an injury to your teeth due to an accident or trauma, call our Milwaukee office right away to make an emergency dental appointment.

What To Do When Your Child Has a Broken Tooth

smilingfamilyWe understand how important your children are to you and how frightening it can be when they are injured. That is why we are here to help you whenever a dental emergency arises. If your child has broken a tooth, follow these steps and we will be happy to assist you during the medical crisis and beyond.

The first thing you need to do is save the tooth. Rinse it off, without soap or any chemicals. Only touch the part of the tooth that is normally visible. Have the child rinse their mouth out gently with water and attempt to gently place the tooth back in place. It is imperative that you do not force it. If you cannot easily put it in place, put it in a glass of milk.

You should get a cold compress and place it against the face of the child. If the youngster is old enough, have them hold it. This will help to reduce the swelling. Additionally, it will numb the area, which is beneficial if your child is in pain.

Once you have done all of this, call our Milwaukee dental office immediately. We will see you and your child as soon as possible for this emergency. Depending upon your location and the seriousness of the break, we will provide you further information over the telephone. We personally assess each phone call to make certain we understand the condition of your child so that you receive the best treatment possible.

The members of our staff all understand how important it is to you for your child to receive prompt and friendly care during a dental emergency. That is why we strive to do everything possible to assist you in this endeavor. Call us whenever you have a dental crisis.

Dental Emergencies That Need Immediate Attention

While some kinds of dental problems can wait until you get an appointment during regular office hours to get taken care of, there are others that simply need an emergency dental appointment in order to alleviate severe pain or reduce chances of permanent damage. Let’s go over a few of the different reasons why you might need an emergency call to the dentist office.

One problem that tends to happen to children quite often, but adults as well, is a chipped or broken tooth. Accidents and athletic events are quite often the cause of a broken tooth, but whatever the  reason, there are some things you can do to help make things better.

  1. If possible, save any pieces of the broken tooth in warm water, while stopping bleeding in the mouth with sterile gauze.  Don’t be alarmed if bleeding in the mouth lasts up to 10 minutes or more.
  2. Once the bleeding has stopped, use an ice pack to help keep the swelling down and head to the  dentists office as soon as possible. Your dentist will need to examine the tooth to make an assessment of repairing or replacing it.

A similar problem is when a tooth gets entirely knocked out. If there is any tissue attached to the tooth do not disturb it, merely rinse the tooth in warm water.   There are times when a tooth can be immediately replaced back into the gums in its original position where it will re-root itself and never have another problem. This should be attempted immediately if possible, however if not, save the tooth in a small cup of milk and head immediately to your emergency dentist, preferably within the hour.

These are several of the emergencies, that if possible, should go directly to an emergency dentist. Obviously, it is not always possible to get to an emergency dentist so an appointment should be made immediately the next day. Then the dentist can possibly salvage some of the broken or dislodged teeth. Either way medical advice should be sought in order to avoid other more serious complications.

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Tips On How To Handle A Broken Tooth

Broken ToothIt’s a fairly common occurrence, you bite into something hard, then suddenly you feel a part of your to break loose and start mixing with the food in your mouth. You could immediately feel guilty for biting into the hard food that you knew could be a problem, but more importantly exactly what you do in the case of your tooth?

If it turns out that you need expensive implants or surgery, that may be a little depressing. However, the only way you’re going to know for sure is by visiting a dentist for a consultation.

In most cases it’s important that you see your dentist right away as there are complications that could arise from food entering and decaying below your gums. Also, in some cases there’s a possibility that if repaired immediately your tooth could be saved. Either way, it’s imperative to have a professional assess the damage and give you your options for repairing, fixing or removing what’s left of your tooth.

As far as your broken tooth is concerned, figuring out whether the root was damaged during the break is fairly important. If the root is exposed there is a possibility of extreme pain, requiring immediate attention by a dentist. Sometimes a partial exposure of the root won’t result in pain until the next time you eat or drink something hot or cold.

If you’re not able to get to your dentist immediately, it may be best to stick to softer foods that are neither extremely hot or cold, and avoid chewing on that particular side of the mouth. When you chew food it’s possible for food particles to be forced by hydraulic pressure deep below your gums in the area of your broken tooth.  Rinsing your mouth with salty water can help disinfect, and clean your gums in the affected area.

At any rate, a chipped or broken tooth won’t be the end of the world. While it’s possible you may need an implant, most likely you won’t, and your dental professional will be able to repair the tooth in such a way so that no one will be the wiser.