A knocked-out tooth or bitten tongue can cause panic for any parent whose child is suddenly in pain, and even put a regular adult off-balance if they don’t know who to call. Just remember, quick thinking and staying calm are the best ways to approach these types of surprising but common dental emergencies and prevent unnecessary further damage or costly dental restoration. First, you can quickly address immediate pain and inflammation by applying a cold compress to reduce swelling. Then, of course, you can contact our office as soon as possible for same-day dentistry from the professionals who can make the right emergency treatment recommendations.
When to Call Brookwood Dental Center
Children are especially prone to needing emergency dental services during their active young lives. You can help your child prevent oral injuries by closely supervising him or during play, and not allowing the child to put any kind of foreign objects into his or her mouth. For younger children involved in physical activities and sports, the Brookwood Dental Center team strongly encourages using mouth guards.
We see many patients, as both adults and children come to us for emergency treatment for accidents that could have been avoided completely with proper head and mouth gear during sports. Mouth guards not only protect teeth from chipping, but also prevent a whole host of other injuries to the teeth, gums, lips and other oral structures.
Benefits of Emergency Dentistry
Emergency dentistry may also be important if you experience any sudden sharp or persistent pain. You can call our dental staff to ask us about possible home remedies and schedule an appointment for the very same day, if the pain is severe enough to impact your daily life, to get a professional examination and diagnosis.
The benefits of calling our office immediately after a dental accident last long after any initial pain or swelling is reduced. Our dental team will see you in our office as soon as possible to address the short-term issues of pain, swelling, or bleeding. Beyond that, we can perform a complete examination to identify the full extent of the damage that may or may not be visible to the naked eye.
Avoid More Pain and Difficult Dental Procedures
Internal bleeding, bone fractures, and other injuries may be even more severe than a chipped tooth, but not immediately noticeable. By diagnosing the full extent of any accident or injury, we can treat the entire area so that it heals as close as possible to its healthy condition before the trauma.
If left untreated, your teeth and gums may not heal properly, causing uneven tooth wear and decay over time or even leading to an infection that causes significant damage to the strength of your teeth, gums, and jaw. By contacting us, you can avoid more pain and difficult dental procedures in the future and heal properly now.