Sometimes it’s easy to get carried away in the moment. Whether you’re playing sports with your friends and family or you’re running down the street and accidentally trip and fall, a dental injury can very easily occur. Assuming you weren’t wearing any type of mouthguard when the fall occurred, chances are you are now starting to feel some mouth or tooth pain. In more severe cases, your tooth may have now loosened, causing you to really start to get worried.
When a dental injury like this happens, you should always call an emergency dentist in Colorado Springs for help. Until you get to the practice, here’s what you should do.
Call the Dentist Directly
Even if you can’t get to the dentist right away, giving the dentist a call is the best way to schedule an appointment for a later date. This is assuming that they are not currently open and only their emergency line is available. Thankfully, the dentist will have a team member on the phone ready to give advice for your unique situation. They can inform you on what to avoid and what you should do up until your treatment. Regardless of the dental emergency, this should always be your first step.
Assess the Damage
Either during or after the call, you’ll want to take a closer look at the damaged tooth. If the tooth is loose due to a fall, then it’s likely going to be bleeding. If the tooth is only chipped and there’s no pain present, your issue can wait until normal business hours to treat. If the tooth is displaced, you’ll only want to move it if it will prevent their bite from becoming misaligned. However, this should be avoided if possible as only a dental professional can properly move the position of the tooth.
Take the Right Steps to Relieve Pain
If you aren’t able to get to a dentist immediately, take painkillers like ibuprofen to reduce any discomfort from the injury. Apply pressure to your face using a cold compress in 20 minute intervals (20 minutes on and 20 off) to reduce swelling. Avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until you get to a dentist. If the displaced tooth is interfering with biting, chewing or closing of the mouth, you’ll want to get to the dentist within at least 4 hours of the incident.
Get to the Dentist as Soon as Possible
Issues like this are not something you should be putting off, even if you’re only experiencing minor pain in your tooth. There’s no way to know for sure what damage has developed inside the root until you have a dentist in Colorado Springs perform an X-ray. This will allow them to see the pulp and bone, two essential areas for saving displaced teeth.
Don’t put off your dental emergency. Schedule an appointment today!
About the Author
Dr. Ken Gasper earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the LSU School of Dentistry. Since then, he’s continued his education on a wide variety of topics, including complete dental reconstruction, orthodontics and occlusion. To learn more about his expertise or practice, you can contact him through his website.