August 30, 2016

Your Arlington Emergency Dentist Is at Allheart Dental Care

arlington emergency dentistIt’s the start of football season in North Texas, and we’re excited to see our favorite teams in action once again. But as your Arlington emergency dentist, the team at Allheart Dental is also gearing up for the dental injuries that come along this time of year. From knocked out teeth to tooth fractures, oral lacerations, and more, it’s stressful when something goes wrong with your oral health — and it can happen at any time. Knowing what to do next can help.

#1: Keep Calm

We know it’s not the easiest thing to keep your cool in the face of a dental injury. But it couldn’t be more important. The way you react after something goes wrong with your dental or oral health can mean the difference in saving your tooth or not.

Some of the most common dental emergencies we treat at Allheart Dental Care include knocked out teeth, broken or fractured teeth, toothaches, something lodged between the teeth, and other issues. In general, if you are experiencing pain, have broken something in the mouth, or are bleeding from its soft tissues, you should visit your emergency dentist.

#2: Call the Emergency Dentist in Arlington

Once you have stabilized the situation, call your emergency dentist at Allheart Dental Care as soon as possible. We will schedule a time for you to come in based on the severity of the situation, and provide important advice for what to do in the meantime.

#3: Find the Tooth or Its Parts

If you have suffered a knocked out tooth or have broken a tooth, find the missing piece or pieces for possible reattachment. Teeth that have been completely knocked out cannot be replaced once they have been out of the gum line for more than two hours, so act quickly for the best outcome. Clean the tooth but do not scrub it or touch its root, as doing so damages cells and makes reattachment difficult.

For a broken filling, crown, bridge, or other dental work, try to temporarily attach the broken piece with toothpaste or denture adhesive. It’s a quick fix that can prevent further breakage and injury to the gums or cheek.

#4: Stop the Bleeding

If you are bleeding as a result of your dental injury, try to stop or slow the blood flow. Apply constant pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not slow after 10 minutes of continual pressure, seek emergency medical attention as soon as possible.

#5: Prevent Dental Emergencies

There’s no way to completely guard yourself from dental emergencies, but you can take some precautionary steps to keep your teeth and gums healthy and injury-free. Like wearing a custom-fit mouthguard during contact sports. It’s a small investment that provides real protection for athletes’ smiles. Additionally, avoid using your teeth as tools — always take the time to find scissors when opening packages or untying knots. And people who grind their teeth at night should consider wearing a night guard to protect against fractures, tooth wear, and other dental issues.

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