Dental emergencies are part of life and they are often unavoidable. Given their inevitability, it’s important for you to know how to handle any of the dental emergencies which you may have to encounter.
1. Knocked-out tooth.
Incidents which involve blunt force to the face can lead to a partially or completely knocked-out tooth. This involves the tooth being removed from the socket. As long as you act quickly, it’s very possible for Dr. Ballard and Buckhead Dental Partners in Atlanta, GA to reattach the knocked-out tooth. Before heading to the Dr. Ballard’s office, make sure that you clean the tooth by placing it under slow running water (place a clean washcloth on the sink to cover the drain and ensure that if you let go of the tooth, it won’t go straight down the drain). While travelling to the Buckhead Dental Partners, you may place the tooth back into the socket or immerse it in milk. Bring the tooth to Dr. Ballard within an hour. After that crucial hour, the chances of the tooth being successfully reattached will significantly diminish.
2. Bleeding tongue or lip.
Your lip or tongue might bleed considerably especially after you’ve accidentally bitten them. As long as you do not have any coagulation disorders, all you need to do is to control the bleeding. To do this, you can apply a cold compress to the area in order to slow down the bleeding as well as control any swelling that might develop over time. You should be able to arrest the bleeding within a couple of minutes to half an hour. However, head to the ER if the bleeding does not stop.
3. Broken tooth.
When any of your teeth breaks, make sure to collect the broken fragment and then promptly head to the dentist’s office. It’s possible that Dr. Ballard and his staff at Buckhead Dental Partners in Atlanta, GA could reattach the fragment back to the tooth although you need to be very quick about it. Rinse your mouth with warm water to remove any debris and also to clean the exposed tooth. If any swelling develops, you can minimize this using cold compress. If you weren’t able to get to Dr. Ballard in time, you can always opt for a bonding procedure or get a veneer in order to restore the tooth back to its original form.
Visit Buckhead Dental Partners in Atlanta, GA if you have a dental emergency