Nothing ruins your day quicker than dental pain or an emergency. You can bet it won’t happen at a convenient time, and it may feel frightening or overwhelming! Your trusted team at Summer Creek Dentistry wants you to know that we’re here for you, and with the right team on your side, you have nothing to worry about. Your dentist in Fort Worth accepts same-day emergency patients, and here’s some tips on how to handle common dental emergencies.
Soft Tissue Injuries
When your gums, lips, or cheeks sustain an injury, the first thing to do is to stop the bleeding. You can do this by applying light pressure with a cold compress. If available, warm salt-water rinses are excellent for soothing soft tissue injuries. Next, contact Summer Creek Dentistry for further instructions.
A Broken or Dislodged Tooth
For a tooth that has been broken or chipped, please gather all the pieces you can and contact our office right away. For a tooth that’s been knocked out or dislodged, time is of the essence. Please contact Summer Creek Dentistry immediately as we have the best chance of preserving your tooth within an hour of your injury.
Transport your tooth carefully. If it can be replaced into its socket, this is the best option. If not, transport it in a cup of milk in order to keep the cells alive and moist. Don’t try to clean it or handle the tooth too much.
An Abscessed or Infected Tooth
A tooth that is abscessed will typically cause you constant and severe pain. This may have started with sensitivity to hot and cold food or drinks. A tooth that is infected also needs immediate care, as you are at risk of tooth loss and the infection spreading to other critical areas of the body. Please note that an infection or abscess will not go away on its own.
If you’re proactive about a dental infection, root canal therapy can often preserve your tooth. Dr. Jasmine Coleman can remove the infected pulp through a small hole drilled in the top of your tooth. Once the infection is removed, she’ll temporarily seal your tooth and give it time to heal. After the appropriate healing time, your tooth will need to be restored with a permanent filling or dental crown, as unfortunately it’s not as strong as it once was prior to the infection.
Dr. Coleman is your premiere emergency dentist in Fort Worth, and she provides high quality care, with a warm and caring touch. If you or a loved one is experiencing a dental infection or emergency, please contact our office right away, as we’ll do our best to accommodate you with same-day care.