Dental emergencies may include teeth that have been avulsed (knocked out), forced out of their normal position, luxated (loosened), or fractured. In addition, your lips, gums or cheeks may also be cut. The majority of oral injuries can often be painful and should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible.
If you have had a tooth knocked out, you should immediately call your dentist for an emergency appointment.
Getting to a dentist within thirty minutes can make the difference between saving or losing a tooth. Teeth that are replanted within fifteen minutes to an hour have the best chance of surviving trauma.
It’s important to handle the tooth by the crown, not the root (the part of the tooth below the gum) because you could damage cells that are vital for bone re-attachment. Pick the tooth up gently, by the crown (top of the tooth). It’s important that the tooth doesn’t dry out. Rinse it gently with cold water to remove any dirt, and place it in a clean container. Then cover it with milk before taking it to the dentist.
Immediate replantation is the best option, increasing the chances of a successful replantation, so don’t hesitate. Contact your dentist as soon as possible for an emergency appointment, and be sure to get to the dentist as quickly as possible.
Other injuries inside the mouth include tears, puncture wounds, and lacerations to the cheek, lips, or tongue. You should clean the wound right away with warm water, and go to a hospital emergency room for care. Tongue bleeding can be reduced by pulling the tongue forward and applying pressure to the wound with gauze.
At Houston Emergency Dental, we offer 24-hour emergency dental services for Houston, Texas and the surrounding areas. Our team of qualified dentists are standing by, ready to assist. If you have a dental emergency, be sure to contact us at: 713-467-8108.
Houston Emergency Dental: providing emergency dental care for Houston, Texas. Dr. West or Dr. Serna are able to provide emergency dental services, including replantation. Call us with any dental emergency. We are standing by, ready to help. 713-467-8108