A Day At The Park Or A Dental Emergency?July 12th, 2016
You have seen your son improve as a baseball player ever since he started playing t-ball. You’ve worked with him on his hitting and fielding, and you are proud of the person and the player that he’s become.
But that didn’t help today. He was playing third base when the batter ripped the ball in your son’s direction. He was in the right position to make a play when the ball hit a rock, took a bad hop, and hit him right in the mouth.
The coach rushed to the field and waved at you to come down. One of your son’s teeth was knocked out, and his mouth was bleeding.
Do you know what to do in this dental emergency?
We’ll tell you how to handle this situation and a few others in a moment, but one thing you can do whenever you need emergency dental care is call Ascension Dental Care in Geismar, LA, at 225-963-5548 as soon as possible.
If you are calling during our regular hours, we will get you in that day. If your emergency happens outside of our regular hours, you should still call. Our answering service can help guide you to get the care you need as soon as possible.
When A Tooth Is Knocked Out Of Its Socket
The situation we described above is just one of the many ways a tooth can get knocked loose. Accidents and injuries can occur anytime and anyplace, so it’s good to know how to respond if something happens and you see on of your teeth on the ground.
First, find the tooth and pick it up by the crown. Avoid touching the root whenever possible.
Second, rinse the tooth and your mouth. You want to remove any blood or dirt from the tooth, and you want to rinse any blood from your mouth.
Third, stop the bleeding. You can hold gauze in your mouth to absorb the blood and apply pressure to stop the bleeding. Replace the gauze as needed.
When the bleeding stops, see if you can place the tooth back in its socket. If you can and it will stay there, try to leave it in place until you are able to meet with us.
If the tooth won’t stay in its socket, then you should keep it in a container of milk, which you should bring with you to our office.
If you are feeling any pain, feel free to take an over-the-counter pain reliever. However, do not hold aspirin against your gums. This can burn the soft tissues of your mouth and create a different problem.
Another option is to hold an ice or cold pack against your mouth to reduce swelling and numb the pain.
When A Tooth Breaks
Most any traumatic impact that could cause you to lose a tooth also could cause a tooth to break. Some of the steps to deal with it will be similar, too.
Find the piece or pieces if you can. Rinse out your mouth, and use gauze to apply pressure or absorb blood until you stop bleeding.
At this point, you should cover your tooth either with gauze or dental wax (you may be able to find at a nearby pharmacy). This is important because broken teeth can have sharp edges that could cut your cheeks, lips, or gums.
Again, you can take a pain reliever if needed or use an ice pack to reduce pain and swelling.
When Your Tooth Hurts
It may seem like a toothache arrives out of nowhere, but this may be a symptom of a problem that has been building.
The first thing you want to do is rule out a simple problem such as a piece of food being stuck. Use dental floss to clean around the tooth. If this removes the offending particle, and the pain goes away, this may be all you need to do.
If the pain persists, you should rinse your mouth and take a pain reliever, if needed. You should call our office, however, to discuss the situation. We can help you schedule an appointment to examine your tooth and decide on the appropriate treatment.
Keep Our Number Handy
If you live in or near Geismar, LA, and you need emergency dental care, we will treat you whether or not you are one of our regular patients. We know these situations can be scary, and we know you will want relief as soon as possible.
Ascension Premier Dental wants to help if you have a dental emergency, but we would prefer to help you prevent one. If you need to make an appointment for any reason, call us at 225-963-5548 or fill out our online form.