When you’re experiencing a dental emergency, there are two things you can count on:
- It won’t be convenient
- It will likely feel stressful, frightening, or overwhelming
The good news is that with a trusted and knowledgeable team on your side, you can rest assured that things will be alright, so the first step is not to panic.
Dr. Sigman is a member of the Academy of Sports Dentistry, which means he has extensive training in handling dental emergencies. When you put your trust in Performance Dental Center, you’ll know you’re in expert hands.
When you also understand how to handle a dental emergency, it might not seem so overwhelming. Here are few helpful tips.
Soft Tissue Injuries
When your lips, cheeks, or gum tissue sustain an injury, the first thing to do is stop the bleeding. This can be done with a cold compress and by applying light pressure.
Once the bleeding has stopped, a warm salt-water rinse may be soothing. Please contact our office for further instructions.
Abscesses or Dental Infections
When you experience a toothache or severe dental pain, it’s likely that your tooth may be infected. Please be aware that a dental infection does not go away without treatment, so don’t wait to contact us. Avoiding treatment could result in your infection spreading to other critical areas in your body and loss of your tooth.
If your tooth is infected, Dr. Sigman may perform root canal therapy to preserve your tooth. This is done by removing the infected tissue through a small access hole in the top of your tooth. When the infection is gone, he’ll seal your tooth with a temporary filling, giving it time to heal. After the appropriate healing time, you’ll return to our office to have your tooth strengthened with either a permanent filling or crown.
A Tooth That’s Been Chipped or Knocked Out
Even the smallest chip on your tooth should be evaluated and repaired, even if it’s not painful. Not only can a chip cause irritation to your gums or soft tissues, it can also provide an entrance for bacteria to infect the interior of your tooth.
For larger fractures, please bring as many pieces of your tooth to Dr. Sigman as you can. He’ll discuss with you the best course of action for repairing or preserving your tooth.
When your tooth has been knocked out, time is of the essence because Dr. Sigman has the best chance of saving your tooth within one hour of your injury or accident. Handle your tooth as little as possible and transport it carefully. Replacing it back in its socket is best. If you can’t do this, transport it in a cup or baggie of milk to keep the cells alive and moist.
Remember to remain calm, and contact Performance Dental Center as soon as possible when you’re faced with an emergency. We make every effort to see our patients quickly, and the faster we can diagnose your situation, the faster we can get you back on the path to wellness again.