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How To Handle Common Dental Emergencies – Spring, TX

Taking Steps to Care for Your Smile at Home

A middle-aged woman sitting on a couch and holding her cheek due to a dental emergency in Spring

There’s nothing worse than facing a dental emergency at home and not knowing what to do. Yes, you can (and should) call your dentist’s office to schedule an appointment, but what should you do in the meantime? Most practices, including Spring Dentist, have staff available to walk you through how to handle a common dental emergency, but wouldn’t it be nice to have the information ahead of time so you can immediately begin caring for your smile? This is why we’ve compiled some helpful information for you to review and better prepare yourself should you face a dental crisis at home. For additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

Something Stuck Between Your Teeth

A person using dental floss to remove a lodged object between their teeth causing pain

Toothaches can be caused by all sorts of things, one of which is a lodged object between your teeth. If this happens, start by rinsing your mouth with warm water, as this will help to loosen the item. Next, use waxed dental floss to gently coax the object out from between your teeth. If this doesn’t work, it may be necessary to get in and have us take a look to ensure there isn’t an underlying issue causing the toothache. If an infection is present inside the tooth, it may be necessary for you to undergo root canal therapy.

Extruded Tooth

A young female expressing her discomfort as she uses her finger to touch her cheek that is red with pain

Dealing with a tooth that is partially dislodged? Anytime a tooth becomes detached, whether fully or partially, call our office immediately. Since it is important that you get in as soon as possible to save the tooth, in the meantime, you can try to push the tooth back into its socket. If this proves unsuccessful, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth. You may also take a pain reliever to help minimize discomfort as well as use a cold compress to reduce any possible swelling.

Abscess

An individual’s exposed top gums that show a pocket of pus signaling an abscess

When infection or an abscess develops at the root of your tooth, you don’t have much time to waste. An infection at this level can be detrimental to your oral and overall health, which is why you will need to get in to see us sooner rather than later. If you begin to feel pain, make sure to take an over-the-counter pain reliever and rinse your mouth with mild saltwater multiple times a day. It is also likely that you will notice a pus-filled growth developing on your gums either above or below the tooth depending on its location in your mouth. Oftentimes, an abscessed tooth will need to be extracted to prevent worsening problems from developing.

Soft Tissue Injury

An older gentleman sitting on a couch and covering his mouth because of a soft tissue injury

Whether it is a bitten tongue or busted lip, soft tissue injuries can result in a lot of blood. This is why you’ll need to keep gauze nearby to try and stop the bleeding. In most cases, it will cease within a few minutes, and you will be able to apply a cold compress or ice pack to the area to reduce swelling. However, if the bleeding doesn’t stop, go ahead and make a trip to the local ER, as they will be able to address the issue promptly.