Of course, you brush after meals, floss before turning in for the night, and see your dentist twice a year for a check-up and professional cleaning. However, dental emergencies can still happen. Fractured and broken teeth are the most common type seen at West Chester Dental Group. This advice will help patients in the Cincinnati area know what to do when an emergency occurs.
The best dental emergency is the one that never happens. A bit of common sense and a little prevention go a long way toward preserving your comfort and beautiful smile.
- Don’t bite directly into hard or chewy foods – cut them into small pieces. Don’t chew fingernails, ice, pens, or other hard objects.
- Ohio gets snow and ice, so use caution when walking in wintry weather to avoid falls.
- A mouth guard helps avoid oral injuries from contact sports or other activities like bicycling or horseback riding that put teeth at risk. West Chester Dental Group fits patients with custom-design mouth guards that fit comfortably and provide superior protection for teeth and soft tissues.
- Call us right away if you lose a filling, suspect that you have a cavity, or develop a toothache. Treating these problems early can usually prevent breakage.
- Avoid getting into fights. An apology hurts less than a broken tooth.
What you can do
There really isn’t anything you can do to treat a cracked or broken tooth at home. Call your dentist right away for an appointment, to minimize discomfort and further damage.
Meanwhile rinse your mouth with warm salt water. If there is bleeding, place a piece of sterile gauze or a new teabag over the area and apply gentle pressure. A cold compress on the cheek and lips reduces swelling. Take an over-the-counter analgesic (one that does not cause an allergic reaction or sensitivity for you) to relieve pain.
What your dentist will do
The West Chester Dental Group takes your call right away. They have extended and weekend hours, and reserve time for emergencies in their daily scheduling. You’ll get immediate phone advice and a quick appointment to get you out of pain and save your tooth if possible. Many options are available for restoration of damaged teeth.
The West Chester Dental Group team wants to keep you smiling happily and comfortably. However, when a dental emergency occurs, Cincinnati trusts West Chester Dental Group. The number is 513-942-8181.
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