At Mark S. Jensen DDS & Associates, Dr. Mark Jensen, DDS and our team are here to help you achieve, maintain, and preserve a healthy smile to last a lifetime.
We know how quickly an emergency can arise, so today we would like to share a few possible tooth emergencies and how to handle them so you can receive the proper treatment and resolve the issue. Anytime you have an oral emergency, please don’t hesitate to call our office!
While you are waiting to be seen by our team, the following can help you save a tooth:
Toothache: If you have a gradually worsening toothache or one that won’t improve, you will want to be seen by our doctor. It is possible that you have an infected or abscessed tooth. To help with the pain, you can rinse your mouth with water to remove any debris. If there is food lodged between your teeth, gently remove it using dental floss.
A toothache might go away on its own if you have a mild infection and inflammation. To reduce inflammation, you can rinse your mouth periodically with a saltwater solution. Stir a spoonful of salt in a cup of warm water until it dissolves and wash the solution over the affected area. If the toothache still persists, make an appointment with our team to be treated.
Cracked Tooth: It is possible to crack or fracture a tooth while chewing or biting into something (this is also why you don’t want to use your teeth as tools by biting non-food items.) Rinse your mouth gently to remove oral debris. If you are experiencing swelling in the gum tissue around the affected tooth, apply a cold compress to your cheek where the fracture occurred to help reduce swelling. Make an appointment with our dentist as soon as you can to have the tooth looked at and treated.
Lost Tooth: While time is crucial for saving a lost tooth, keeping it moist and protecting the tooth root are also important. You can temporarily store the tooth in the socket or between your cheek and gums while you are waiting to be seen. Saliva is your best protector of the tooth root. If you can’t keep the dislodged tooth in your mouth, try placing it in a small container of milk, or a tooth preservation product. Avoid handling the tooth by the root and handle it as little as possible and only by the crown.
We hope these tips help you should a dental emergency arise. If an emergency arises, stay calm, do what you can and call us at 913-553-3046 to see when we can fit you in.
Don’t hesitate to visit your local emergency room if something happens and after hours and you require immediate assistance. If you have any questions, please give us a call. Dr. Mark Jensen, DDS and our team in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, look forward to helping preserve your healthiest smile!