Call us Anytime for Your Emergency Dental Needs
Spring is one of our favorite times of the year. Warmer temperatures are a great reason to get outdoors with our family and friends.
It’s also a great time to enjoy outdoor sports and activities. Baseball, softball, hiking, and biking are just a few of the many ways to take advantage of the weather.
But … those activities can also lead to dental emergencies . Years of experience tells us to be ready at this time of year for emergency calls. We’ve fixed numerous teeth that broke after someone was hit in the mouth with a baseball. We’ve also replaced lots of teeth that were knocked out when people fell while out on a trail.
We hope that none of those things happen to you or your loved ones, but if they do, Hubbard & Leath Dental will be ready to help. Call 248-266-2528 at any time, day or night. We have a 24-hour answering service to advise you on what to do, whether you need immediate help or you need some dental first aid until you can see one of our dentists in Rochester Hills, MI.
How to Handle a Broken Tooth
Broken teeth are one of the most common dental emergencies we deal with. We have multiple ways to repair broken teeth — veneers, crowns, bonding. You can feel confident that we can restore your smile and the function of your teeth if you come to us for help.
At the moment when your tooth breaks, however, you may not feel as relaxed. That’s certainly understandable. It’s also why we hope you will take a moment now to learn what to do before you find yourself in that situation.
Broken teeth often occur as a result of trauma to the mouth or face. This can cause bleeding, and you will want to rinse your mouth to remove any blood. You may need to rinse, and then apply gauze to soak up blood if the bleeding continues.
If you can find the broken piece of your tooth, rinse it and bring it with you when you come to the dentist.
When the bleeding stops, you should use clean gauze or dental wax to cover the broken tooth. Broken teeth can have sharp edges that could cut soft tissue including your inner cheek, lips, or tongue. By keeping the tooth covered, you reduce the risk of an accidental cut.
Contact us as soon as you are able. If needed, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever. You also may way to apply an ice or cold pack to reduce swelling.
What to do if a Tooth is Knocked Out
When a tooth is knocked out of its socket, you will want to follow similar steps to what we described above.
If you can find the tooth, pick it up by the crown (avoid touching the roots if at all possible). You will want to rinse the tooth to remove dirt and blood. Likewise, you will want to rinse any blood out of your mouth.
As with the broken tooth, you may need to use gauze to soak up blood until the bleeding stops. When it does, you should rinse your mouth one more time.
Then, you can attempt to place the tooth back in its socket. If it will stay, leave it in place until you can see one of our doctors. If it won’t stay, you will want to try to preserve the tooth. It can be saved in some cases. The easiest option is to keep the tooth in a container of milk to bring with you to our office.
Again, you can take a pain reliever or apply an ice pack to ease any pain and reduce swelling.
If your tooth can’t be saved, we can discuss options for replacing it to restore your smile.
Here When You Need Help
Dental emergencies don’t always happy between regular office hours. Our doctors at Hubbard & Leath Dental understand that. We have our 24-hour answering service so you can get advice when you need it if a dental emergency ever affects you or a member of your family.
Save our number — 248-266-2528 — in your phone so you can find it easily if you ever need emergency dental care.