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Three Easy Tips for Surviving a Dental Emergency

added on: August 24, 2020

Whether you were out on the court attempting your game-winning shot or the ball hit a little too close to home (aka your smile). Let’s face it; things go wrong, and sometimes that involves damage to our teeth or oral health. At our dental office in Georgetown, we often see emergencies, so we know how to help you feel better quickly. 

We want to remind you that it’s extremely important to call our Georgetown emergency dentist as soon as possible, following any injury. By acting fast, you’re going to boost your chances of preventing any unwanted further damage to your smile.

After many years of seeing emergency patients, we’ve learned a few helpful dental emergency tips, and we thought we’d share some of them with you.

Tip #1 – Tending to a Knocked-Out Tooth

When a tooth has completely broken or fallen out, you need to act fast. The quicker you move, the better the odds are that your emergency dentist in Georgetown will be able to save it. Try gently placing it back into the socket where the tooth once was. If this isn’t an option, soak it in some saltwater or milk. Then call us right away!

Tip #2 – Helping a Broken Tooth

If you’ve had a dental accident and your tooth is still in your mouth but badly damaged or chipped, you want to do two things:

  1. Retrieve all the pieces of your broken tooth, if possible.
  2. Rinse your mouth out with water to stop any bleeding. 

A broken or chipped tooth can be painful, so we recommend that you use a cold compress applied to the affected area. Your next step is to call us!

Tip #3 – Getting Stuck Objects Out

Something stuck between your teeth? Whatever you do, please don’t reach for a sharp object like a needle, metal nail file, or anything else you have lying around your house. Trying to remove it yourself can lead to further damage, bleeding, and even infection. You can try using dental floss, and if that doesn’t help, it’s time to call your emergency dentist in Georgetown.

We hope you never have to use these tips, but in the event of a dental emergency, we also hope you reach out to us at our Georgetown dental office as soon as you can. We’re here for our neighbors and friends in Georgetown, Round Rock, Sun City.


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