How to Respond to a Dental Emergency

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As much as we’d like to avoid them, dental emergencies can sometimes happen. Dr. Bartholomew Paxton and our team stress the importance of acting quickly to lessen the damage. Of course, it is always important to visit our dentist (or a medical doctor) as soon as possible if there is a dental emergency. We are happy to offer the following tips on what to do before coming to our office.

If you or your child is suffering from a toothache, schedule an appointment at Keller Town Dental as soon as possible. A toothache is a sign of a more serious problem. To ease discomfort, try swishing warm salt water or placing a cool compress on the cheek. Over-the-counter pain medication can also be helpful.

Knocked Out Tooth
If a tooth gets knocked out, rinse it off with cold water. Do not scrub the tooth or hold it by the root. Then try to reinsert the tooth into its socket, but do not force it back in place. If the tooth will not go back in easily, place it in a cup of cold milk or water. Visit our dentist as quickly as possible. This could mean the difference between keeping and losing the tooth.

Chipped Tooth
In the case of a chipped or cracked tooth, call our office immediately. Gather any pieces of tooth and place them in cold milk or water to bring to our office. Be careful of the edge of the damaged tooth, as it could cut the soft tissues of the mouth. Rinse your mouth with warm water to remove any debris. To reduce any swelling, apply a cold compress.

Bitten Tongue or Lip
If you bite your tongue or lip, gently clean the area with a cloth and then use a cold compress to reduce any swelling. In the case that the bleeding doesn’t stop quickly or is heavy, contact our office or the emergency room immediately.

We urge you to contact our dental office in Keller, Texas, as soon as possible if you experience a dental emergency. Our team is here to answer any questions that you may have.