Dental Emergencies

Dental Emergencies in Aurora

If you have a dental emergency, it is important for you to contact us at Village Green Dental in Aurora as soon as possible. Sometimes it can be a matter of one hour that determines whether a tooth can be saved or not. However, what exactly is a dental emergency? Some oral injuries require immediate treatment, while others can wait until you can get in to see the dentist during normal business hours.

Accidents, injuries, and illness to the teeth, gums, and jaw can happen at any time. Short-term emergency dental care and dental treatment at home can help relieve severe oral pain. Here is a guideline of how to handle common oral discomforts and injuries, and when they require emergency dental care:

A toothache – Clean around the sore tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth with warm salt water to displace any food trapped between the teeth. You should never use aspirin on the aching tooth or the gum. If you have facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen can be taken. Contact us as soon as you feel discomfort or pain.

Broken, chipped or cracked tooth – Rinse the area with warm water and apply a cold compress to your face. Contact us right away. If a tooth was broken or chipped, bring the fragment wrapped in wet gauze or a wet towel. Avoiding hard foods and candies will help protect your teeth from injury while eating.

Missing or knocked out permanent tooth – Recover the tooth, and hold it by the crown (top) and not the root end. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Try reinserting the tooth in the socket and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If you cannot put the tooth back into place, put it in a cup with milk or water. Because time is essential, contact us immediately. If you play any contact sports, wearing a mouthguard can help protect your teeth from injury or trauma.

Loosened tooth – If your tooth becomes loose due to trauma, try nudging it gently back into place and then bit down gently to keep it in place. Call Village Green Dental right away.

Lost filling or crown – This can usually happen while eating, so make sure you do not swallow the crown or filling. The affected tooth can become very sensitive to cold or hot temperatures. Try using toothpaste, dental wax, or temporary adhesive and reattach it. Do not use glue on the crown or filling. Call and schedule an office visit as soon as possible.

Possible broken jaw - Apply ice or a cold compress. Go immediately to an emergency room.

Bitten tongue or lip – Clean the area with a wet cloth and place a cold compress on the area to reduce swelling. If the bleeding persists or is excessive, contact us immediately or go to an emergency room.

Dr. Jason A. Monroe, DDS, and his experienced team can help you with treatments and resolutions. We have specialists on staff that can help you with all sorts of dental problems. Call today to schedule a consultation.

If you have questions or concerns about dental emergencies, please contact our office.

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