Dental Emergency Richmond, VA
A dental emergency can be a frightening and serious event. The actions you take following an emergency could mean the difference between a minor repair and the permanent loss of your tooth. That is why it is important to stay educated, and know exactly what you should do. Whether a tooth has been knocked out, fractured, or worse, contact us as soon as possible to make sure you properly manage your emergency. Follow these tips, and avoid an unnecessary trip to the emergency room.
A knocked-out tooth requires immediate attention. Taking the proper steps can greatly increase your chances of saving the tooth. The most crucial thing to remember is how to properly preserve the tooth. When handling it, make sure you do not touch the root of the tooth. Always pick it up by the crown. If your tooth has fallen out of your mouth, gently rinse it off to ensure its clean. Do not scrub the tooth or remove any remaining tissue. If you can, delicately place the tooth back into the socket. You can gently hold it in place by lightly biting down. If this is not an option, you can place the tooth in between your cheek and gums. If this makes you uncomfortable, store the tooth in a glass of milk. Call Fred Knaysi DDS, PC immediately, so we can get you into the office as soon as possible. The longer you wait to re-implant the tooth, the slimmer your chances are of saving it. Remember, the key is to keep it moist.
Cracked or Fractured Tooth
Although it is not as serious as a knocked-out tooth, a cracked or fractured tooth can still constitute an emergency dental visit, especially if there is pain. Depending on the location and severity, it is possible that a fracture or chip can wait to be handled during normal business hours. However, some fractures are so severe, that your tooth may not be saved. Again, taking the right steps can help prevent this from happening.
Call us immediately for an emergency appointment. Thoroughly rinse your mouth out with warm water until you can no longer see blood. If the injury was caused by facial trauma, you could use a cold compress to reduce swelling and minimize pain. If possible, take acetaminophen (not aspirin), and follow the instructions listed on the package. Do not apply a painkiller or anesthetic directly to the gum because it can damage the tissue.
Other Dental Emergencies
Other injuries inside the mouth can also be classified as dental emergencies. Tissue injuries such as lacerations or puncture wounds in the cheeks, tongue, gums, or lips may require immediate medical attention. It is important to properly clean the area with warm water. If you are bleeding from your tongue, gently pull it forward and place pressure on the wound with gauze. Get to a nearby hospital or oral surgeon as soon as possible.
Call as Soon as Possible
Any dental problem that causes severe pain, or requires immediate action, should be considered a dental emergency. Call us as soon as possible at (804) 554-5599, and schedule an emergency visit now. If you cannot reach us because we are closed, promptly seek hospital emergency room care.