Dental emergencies usually involve injuries to the mouth and teeth. These include teeth that are avulsed (knocked out), teeth that are extruded (forced out of position and loosened), and teeth that are fractured. The cheeks, lips, and gums are also often cut in a dental emergency. Oral injuries can be painful and should be treated by a professional dentist as soon as possible for best results.
If your tooth is broken or fractured, first rinse out your mouth with warm water. Then use a cold compress or ice back to reduce swelling of the cheek. Remember to use ibuprofen, not aspirin, to treat any discomfort. Visit Dr. Schlotterer, our dentist in Durham, as soon as possible so he can determine what treatment is right for you and your smile.
Minor fractures can be corrected by Dr. Schlotterer. He may recommend smoothing the fracture out with a sandpaper disc or restoring the tooth with a composite (tooth-colored) restoration such as a crown or filling.
Moderate tooth fractures typically include damage to the pulp, enamel, and/or dentin. If the pulp of the tooth is not permanently damaged, the tooth itself may be restored with a permanent dental crown. If pulp damage is present, the tooth will require further treatment.
No matter where the wound is, it should be cleaned with warm water right away. Take the victim to a hospital emergency room to receive the necessary care. You may be able to reduce the bleeding from a tongue laceration by pulling the tongue forward and placing pressure and gauze around the wound.