Emergency Dentist Omaha, NE
At times, life can be unpredictable, but it’s important to have plans set in place when experiencing any emergency; especially a dental emergency. A dental emergency is typically the result of trauma or injury to the face. Knowing what to do during a dental emergency can make the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Most dental emergencies require swift action and an immediate appointment. Our team of Nebraska dentists offer a wide-range of comprehensive treatments including emergency services. The following information will help you take the necessary steps before you receive emergency treatment.
WHAT IS CONSIDERED A DENTAL EMERGENCY?
Below is a list of common dental emergencies that patients experience:
One of the first indications that you may have a dental emergency is having pain or discomfort due from trauma or an accident. If you do experience an injury, you can reduce pain and swelling with a cold compress and rinse your mouth with saltwater. Unexpected tooth pain that seems to appear with no injury may be the result of tooth infection and/or decay.
Chipped or broken tooth or filling
When a damaged tooth isn’t addressed, it can let in disease-causing bacteria that will create infection and decay. By being more prone to infections and decay, our dental team may suggest a dental crown, dental bonding, or even root canal therapy to improve the aesthetics and function of the tooth.
If a tooth is knocked out, we recommend seeing a dentist as soon as possible. The sooner you address the tooth, the chances of saving a knocked-out tooth and restoring it in place.
Infections in the mouth, especially near the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums, are serious and can be painful. If you are feeling discomfort, check your gums for a painful, irritated, pimple-like swollen spot. When abscess are untreated, they can spread to surrounding teeth and gum tissue, and even the rest of the body through bloodstream.
Swollen or bleeding gums
Excessive bleeding is typically the result of injuries with soft-tissue. Injuries to soft-tissue include gums, tongue, cheeks and lips. You will want to rinse your mouth with a salt-water solution and place a damp gauze pad to the bleeding area to help it stop bleeding.
HOW TO PREVENT DENTAL EMERGENCIES?
Use a mouthguard when participating in sports or recreational activities to avoid
Oral examinations from our local dentists and recall visits, including routine x-rays
Routine dental cleaning and preventive therapies
Be mindful of things you chew (examples include: biting finger nails and chewing on pen caps or other items that are not food).
Hopefully you’ll never need to make use of this information and the only times we’ll see you will be for normal appointments, but preparation is key! At Bel Drive Dental in Omaha, patients are our priority. To learn more about emergency care and services contact our team of experts today 402-523-2705 or book an appointment online.