Emergency Dentistry

Emergency Dentistry

You probably do your best to take care of your teeth, with brushing and flossing every day, visiting the dentist regularly, and eating right. No matter how healthy your mouth is though, a dental emergency can still happen. This can include cases such as:

  • Knocked-out tooth or teeth
  • Toothache
  • Tooth loss
  • Injury or bleeding in the soft tissues of the mouth
  • Cracked tooth
  • Inflammation or pain in the cheeks, face, or mouth
  • Ongoing tooth pain even after taking pain relievers

If you are suffering from any of these situations, don’t delay treatment. Contact us at Prime Dental promptly, even if it is outside of our regular office hours – we may be able to refer you to another dentist in Plano. We will try to see you as soon as possible, but in the meantime, there are steps you can take to save your teeth.

Knocked-out tooth

You can increase the chances of saving the tooth and getting it reattached. Retrieve the tooth, handling it only by the crown (the top) and not the root. Rinse it gently with running water. Do not wash it with soap. Try to put the tooth back into its place and keep it there with a piece of gauze. If this isn’t possible, keep the tooth in a container of saliva or milk until you are able to see your dentist.

Toothache

A toothache can be a sign of many dental issues, including trauma, infection, cavities, or erupting wisdom teeth. Only your dentist at Prime Dental will be able to determine the exact cause and treat it. For pain relief, you can take acetaminophen. Never put aspirin on any sore teeth.

Sore Gums

Clean around the sore area thoroughly and rinse by swishing with warm salt water. Try to dislodge any trapped food or debris in the area with dental floss. Until you can see your dentist, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers to ease the pain. If there is facial swelling, apply a cold compress.

Bleeding after a baby tooth falls out

This is a fairly common occurrence and is usually not a dental emergency. Have your child bite down on clean, folded gauze or cloth on the bleeding area for about 15 minutes. Repeat if necessary. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, contact us.

Possible broken jaw

Try to keep the jaw stationary using a towel, tie, or handkerchief and go to the emergency room immediately.

For emergency dentistry in Plano, contact Prime Dental.