At Dublin Dental Center, your experience with an emergency dentist doesn’t need to be scary or traumatic. In fact, it can be a relief to know that an experienced Colorado Springs dentist is able to help you in a pinch. Whether it’s a toothache, broken tooth, lost crown or a painful abscess, Dr. Tara Pool and her team offer emergency dentistry services that will come to your rescue.
Here is a brief summary of what should be done for the most common dental emergencies:
If you are in severe pain with a toothache, rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water and use dental floss to remove any lodged foot. If your mouth is swelling, a cold compress can be applied to the outside of your mouth or cheek. See the dentist as soon as possible. Please note: Never put an aspirin or other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth as it could burn sensitive gum tissue.
Broken or chipped tooth
Be sure to save any pieces of a broken tooth, then rinse out the mouth with warm water. If there is bleeding in the area use a piece of gauze and apply mild pressure until the bleeding stops. To relieve swelling and pain, apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, lip or cheek, close to the location of the broken/chipped tooth. If you or your child has broken or chipped their tooth then it is very important that you see the dentist as soon as possible.
Whenever possible, retrieve the lost tooth and hold it by the crown. The crown is the part that is usually exposed in the mouth. Rinse it off with water if it is dirty but do not scrub or remove any attached tissue fragments. If it is possible, try to position the tooth back in place, making sure it is facing the right way, but don’t force it. If it’s impossible to put it back into place, put the tooth in a small container of milk. If milk is unavailable, use water with a pinch of table salt. In all cases, you should see the dentist as soon as possible. When a patient sees the dentist within one hour of a knocked-out tooth it has the highest chance of being saved.
Be sure to see the dentist as soon as possible to have the filling repaired. As a temporary measure try to stick a piece of chewed sugarless gum into the cavity, or try an over-the-counter dental cement.
If a crown falls off, make an appointment to see the dentist right away and remember to bring the crown with you. If you cannot see the emergency dentist right away and the tooth is aching, use a cotton swab over the sensitive area with a little bit of clove oil. Clove oil can be found in the spice section of your supermarket or at your local drug store.
An abscess tooth is an infection that can present a serious oral health problem as well as a threat to your general health. Abscesses are infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. They can damage tissue and surrounding teeth, and if left untreated the infection could spread to other parts of the body. If you discover a painful pimple-like swelling on your gum, see the dentist as soon as possible. Meanwhile, rinse your mouth with a mild salt water solution several times a day.
Dr. Pool's Colorado Springs dental office is very experienced with handling all manner of dental emergencies. Please call us to schedule an emergency appointment and we will do our best to accommodate you. If your emergency occurs outside of our normal business hours or you cannot wait for the office to open, please go directly to the nearest emergency room.
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