By nature, dental health emergencies are crises that you cannot predict and for which you will need immediate care and attention in order to minimize pain as well as any lasting impact. Museum Smiles is an emergency dental facility where Fort Worth dentist Dr. Sheri Audu is always prepared to help patients suffering from toothaches, severe oral pain, and other dental emergencies.
How to Handle Your Dental Trauma
Regardless of the reason for your emergency visit, the main thing to remember is to stay calm. Take comfort in the fact that at Museum Smiles, our dentist will see patients in dental trauma regardless of whether they walk in or scheduled an appointment, and whether they’re longtime patients or completely new to our practice.
Here are some additional tips for handling a lost tooth in an emergency: First, you should attempt to locate that tooth. Remember to handle the tooth by the crown, or white part, as opposed to the root.
Here are some common dental emergencies that Dr. Audu treats at Museum Smiles, and which generally require immediate attention:
- A Broken Tooth. Sometimes a tooth breaks as the result of older fillings or repeated fillings. Other times, a tooth breaks after a patient falls down, is hit in the face, or experiences a sports injury. If this happens, rinse your mouth out with water, and apply gauze to any area that may be bleeding. If your injury is painful, you may take an over-the-counter pain medication until you can be seen by our dentist.
- Acute Pulpitis. This is an infection of the pulp around your tooth. It may be stimulated by severe tooth decay or a dental trauma. The dominant symptoms of this condition include hypersensitivity to hot and cold and throbbing pain. Both are signs that you should see the dentist as soon as possible.
- Abscessed Tooth. This common dental emergency happens when infection at the root of a tooth causes mild to severe pain. This is one dental emergency that a patient may have seen coming, as an abscessed tooth generally has a history of intermittent pain and infection. Common symptoms of this condition include red, irritated gums, facial swelling, and sometimes a loose tooth. Medication may temporarily lessen the inflammation, but a tooth abscess can only be properly treated by your dentist.
We’re Here to Help
When you need a dentist in Fort Worth who is well-versed in responding to a variety of dental emergencies, and handles emergency patients with an appointment or who simply walk into our downtown offices, please contact Museum Smiles online or by calling 817-870-5099.