How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies – Lincoln, NE
Know What to Do When Emergencies Happen
In the middle of a dental emergency, it can be difficult to think clearly. Especially if you are in pain, you may not know what to do or where to turn for help. When an injury or infection tries to wreak havoc on your smile, Pioneer Greens Dentistry is here to provide the gentle, skilled treatment necessary to get it back on track. If you experience dental emergency in Lincoln, give our dental office a call, and we’ll schedule an urgent appointment and give you advice for dealing with the situation until you come in. Below are just some examples of common emergencies and how to handle them for the best outcome.
Something Stuck Between the Teeth
Do you have a piece of food or another object trapped in between your teeth? Not only can this sensation be annoying or distracting, but it can also apply uncomfortable force to the teeth and cause them to move slightly apart. If you have something in between your teeth, use dental floss to gently remove it. In a pinch, you can use a toothpick, but do not try to use sharp utensils or tools to get the debris out. If it won’t come out even after flossing, call us for an appointment.
Sometimes a tooth doesn’t come out completely, but you can tell that it is dislodged or loose in the socket because it appears much longer than usual or out of its usual position and is unstable. Call us right away, and avoid touching the tooth as much as possible. We will reposition the tooth to make sure it is seated correctly while healing.
An abscess is a pocket of trapped pus in the gum tissues that is usually caused by a bacterial infection. It typically manifests as a bump around a tooth’s root with severe tooth pain. To reduce your discomfort, you can take over-the-counter pain medication and use a cold compress to control any swelling. To treat this and save the tooth, we will likely need to perform a root canal to remove infected tissue and the collection of pus.
Soft Tissue Injury
Have you suffered an injury to your gums, tongue, lips, or other soft tissues? Whether your child has bitten their tongue or you have a cut on the inside of your mouth, you’ll likely have to deal with some bleeding, which can be controlled using a clean cloth or gauze. If the bleeding continues for more than 10 minutes, go to the emergency room. Otherwise, you may still want to visit us to make sure that your smile hasn’t sustained more damage under the surface.
With our kind, experienced team, you don’t have to worry about your smile’s long-term health. You can relax knowing that we can provide the urgent care you need!
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