It is Christmas time and you bought your child the gift they asked for. Maybe it is the pogo stick, or the bike, or even the hoverboard they begged you for. They got on, fell, and cracked a tooth. If you find yourself faced with a dental emergency in Sugar Land, TX at an inopportune moment, follow these dental emergency tips from Dr. Hassan.
Here at Colony Dental in Sugar Land, TX, the most common dental emergencies we see are:
- Knocked-out tooth
- Chipped tooth
- Broken tooth
- Filling loss
- Food or object stuck between teeth
- Tooth pain from an untreated cavity
When a dental emergency arises, you can sometimes get away with waiting a few days. If your or your child is experiencing tooth pain, taking an over-the-counter pain reliever for a day or two until you can see Dr. Hassan. You can also use ice packs rotating every 20 minutes. However, if you are experiencing pain and swelling or notice pus around the tooth, you need to call us immediately. These symptoms often are a sign of an abscess or an infected tooth, which could seriously compromise your health and even your life if you ignore it. If left untreated, an infection can spread throughout the body, including the brain, and result in harm to your health or even death.
Emergency dental care sometimes simply cannot be avoided at times. However, taking good care of your teeth by brushing and flossing daily, eating a balanced diet that is low in sugar, and visiting your Sugar Land, TX dentist twice a year can help limit the occurrence of emergency dental visits. Part of your check-ups involves an oral assessment in which we also take digital X-rays. This allows us to see what is happening below your gum line and between your teeth. If something is spotted during your visit, we can take care of it before it creates the need for an emergency trip to the hospital or dentist.