It can happen anytime and anywhere.
You could be watching your child playing baseball. You could be settling in with popcorn for a movie night with your friends. You could wake up with a terrible toothache.
Dental emergencies don’t happen on a schedule. They happen when they happen. When they happen to you or someone you care about, call 334-600-1423 as soon as you can. Get relief by turning to our team at Carmichael Dental Care in Montgomery, AL.
Don’t Wait to Get Assistance
When your teeth are causing you pain, you need to seek help as soon as you can. You want to restore your healthy smile, but first, you need to address the immediate problem.
A broken tooth can lead to bleeding, infections, and pain. Restorative dental services, such as crowns, can rebuild the damaged tooth, recreate a complete smile, and renew your ability to bite and chew with that tooth.
A cracked tooth can cause similar problems. The pain of a cracked tooth will definitely spoil your movie-watching experience, but it also creates an opportunity for harmful bacteria to reach the soft, tender parts of your tooth. Fixing it can prevent you from developing additional problems.
A tooth infection can be the result of an untreated broken or cracked tooth. Infected teeth also can develop as a result of untreated tooth decay. However they happen, tooth infections make eating difficult and painful. Root canal treatments are how we remove the infected material and save the affected tooth.
Take Steps to Protect Your Smile
Learning a little dental first aid is good to know in the event of a dental emergency.
- If a tooth breaks, rinse your mouth to clear away bleeding (if any). You may need to apply gauze to soak up blood until it stops. If you can find the pieces of the tooth, clean them and bring them with you.
- If a tooth is knocked out completely, rinse your mouth and apply gauze as needed. If you can place the tooth back in its socket, do so. If you can’t, then place the tooth in a container with milk to bring with you to the dental office.
- If your dental injury occurred because of an impact on your mouth, apply a cold compress or ice pack to reduce swelling. You also can take over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce pain.
In any dental emergency situation, try to call us as soon as you are able. We offer same-day care whenever possible, but we will always try to see you as quickly as we can.
You can’t anticipate every possible situation that could lead to a dental injury. However, you can take steps to reduce your risk of oral emergencies.
This starts with having a good oral care routine. Brush your teeth twice daily. Floss every day, and visit us a few times each year for professional cleanings.
If you play sports, be sure to wear an athletic mouthguard when you practice or compete. The best protection comes from mouthguards that are custom-molded to fit your teeth. We can get these kinds of mouthguards for our patients.