At one time or another, most of us will experience a dental emergency. It can be a terrible toothache or bleeding, a ball to the face during a sporting event or facial swelling that steals sleep.
These situations can be scary and create a lot of anxiety in children and even in adults. At Smile Ninja Dental & Orthodontics, we work hard to treat dental emergencies as quickly as possible.
We don’t want you or your child to be in pain or risk potential tooth loss.
Signs of a Dental Emergency
A dental emergency can mean many things, but the most common dental emergencies include:
- Mouth pain or a toothache
- Jaw or facial swelling
- Broken tooth
- Tooth knocked out
- Tooth knocked loose
- Broken restoration or dental appliance
If your child or an older family member has suffered a trauma, we want you to go to the ER and contact us only after you or your loved one is safe.
Additionally, if your child’s tooth was knocked out, try to keep it moist until your emergency dental appointment. In some cases, Justin Mund, DDS can reattach the tooth.
What Happens During an Emergency Dental Visit?
During the appointment, we work hard to relieve pain and save the tooth. Dr. Mund may also prescribe antibiotics if he finds an infection present.
In some cases, Dr. Mund will stabilize the situation, relieve your pain, and schedule a new appointment to complete your tooth-saving dentistry.
Avoiding Dental Emergencies
You can’t always avoid dental emergencies—accidents do happen. But the most common dental emergencies are toothaches brought on by infections. In some cases, these toothaches require root canal therapy.
Tips to help avoid dental emergencies include good preventive care such as brushing and flossing at least twice per day and avoiding or cutting down on sweets.
Other preventive measures include:
- Visiting our Fort Worth, TX dental office at least twice per year for exams
- Allowing periodic x-rays, which are safe and help avoid future complications like emergencies
- Twice-yearly teeth cleanings to clear away the bacteria that toothbrushes leave behind
- Making an appointment at the first sign of tooth sensitivity or oral changes
- Wearing mouthguards when playing sports
- Wearing a nightguard if teeth grinding while asleep is an issue
We encourage you to contact our Fort Worth, TX dental team at the first signs of a dental emergency.
If you’re not sure whether the situation is an emergency, contact us! A member of our team will assess your situation and instruct you on what to do next!
Contact Our Fort Worth, TX Dental Office Today
If you or your child is experiencing a dental emergency, we want to help relieve discomfort and save the smile! Get in touch with us today.