How To Handle A Dental Emergency In Las Cruces, NM
Welcome back to another January edition of the Advanced Dental blog!
As your trusted dentist in Las Cruces, New Mexico, we are here for you when you need us. We know that life can come at you fast sometimes and accidents will happen when you least expect them to. This is often the case with dental emergencies.
Since every dental emergency is unique, there is no catch-all list or handbook that we could create. The type of treatment you receive will depend on the emergency you are experiencing at the time. Not all dental emergencies are treated the same way, but we do treat them all with care and caution.
Today, we wanted to go over a couple of the most common types of dental emergencies and what you will need to do, generally speaking, if you find yourself in a similar set of circumstances.
Fractured Or Broken Teeth
As you might imagine, this is an extremely common emergency situation. When you think about it, there are so many things that can cause your tooth to chip or break, like using your teeth as tools or openers. While this can be helpful for achieving your immediate needs, we wouldn’t recommend using teeth for anything other than their natural functions. It won’t end well!
Losing your balance, tripping, and falling down can also bring about a chipped tooth. So, always be aware of your surroundings!
Crunching on stuff like nuts, popcorn, candy, or ice will get you in trouble too. And no matter what you are eating, old fillings can sometimes give out and cause a piece of your tooth to break off while you are actively chewing. That is never fun.
Just remember that no matter how you break or chip your tooth, the important thing is to never ignore the problem, even if there isn’t any pain present at first. It matters because whenever you chip a tooth, you can expose the dentin and dental pulp, putting yourself at risk for a root canal or other intense treatments.
Fortunately, Advanced Dental has good treatment options that can restore your tooth to match your natural smile, if you don’t wait too long.
Trust us, losing a tooth as an adult is never a good experience. It will be painful, traumatic, and embarrassing. Still, it is important to remain calm if it ever happens to you.
If you have a knocked-out tooth, try to recover the tooth as quickly as possible and avoid touching the root of it. If the tooth is covered in dirt, you can rinse it off, but you want to avoid removing any of the tissues from the tooth itself.
Then, try to place the tooth back into the spot where it was knocked out from. If you are unable to do this, place the tooth in a container and cover it with milk to prevent the roots from dying. Depending on your situation, taking these precautions may allow us to place the took back in your mouth permanently.
If we can not save your tooth, though, we will move forward with dental implants or other treatment solutions that best fit your needs.
We can also help with abscess and infection, self-inflicted bites, severe tooth decay, etc. If you have any cause for concern, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
Advanced Dental Is Here To Help
If you are experiencing a serious or life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or head to your local emergency room. If you are experiencing a strictly dentistry-related emergency, call Advanced Dental of Las Cruces now at 575-680-1037 to schedule your same-day appointment.
Let us know about your situation, and we will get you in as soon as possible and may be able to provide you with assistance for temporary pain relief.
If you want to schedule an appointment for any other reason, you can use our online form, and a member from our dental staff will call you back shortly.