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Emergency Dental Services in Coppell, TX

Dental emergencies in Coppell, Texas are quite common, unfortunately. They can be frightening and often painful experiences. Prompt treatment is almost always required to alleviate pain and to ensure the teeth have the best possible chance of survival.

Sometimes teeth become fractured by trauma, grinding, or biting on hard objects. In other cases fillings, crowns, and other restored teeth can be damaged or fall out of the mouth completely. If there is severe pain, it is important to contact our office immediately. The pain caused by dental emergencies and trauma almost always gets worse without treatment, and dental problems of this nature can jeopardize physical health as well as oral health.

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Loose tooth (tooth knocked out)

When you lose a tooth suddenly due to trauma, the tissue, nerves, and the blood vessels are damaged. A tooth that is placed into the socket within an hour has a decent chance to survive.

Here are some steps to take if this happens to you:

  • Call our dental office
  • Pick up the tooth by the crown and rinse it under warm water. DO NOT touch the root
  • If possible, place it back into its socket – if not tuck it into the cheek pouch
  • If the tooth cannot be placed in the mouth, put the tooth into a cup of milk, saliva, or water as a last resort. It is very important to keep the tooth from drying out
  • Get to our dental office in Coppell, Texas quickly and safely

We will try to replace the tooth in its natural socket. In some cases, the tooth will reattach, but if the inner part of the teeth are seriously damaged, root canal therapy might be necessary.

Lost filling or crown

Usually a crown or filling comes loose while eating. Once it is out of the mouth, the affected tooth may be incredibly sensitive to temperature changes and pressure. Crowns generally become loose because the tooth beneath is decaying. The decay causes shape changes in the teeth – meaning that the crown no longer fits.

If a crown has dropped out of the mouth, make a dental appointment as soon as possible. Keep the crown in a cool, safe place because there is a possibility that we can reinsert it. If the crown is out of the mouth for a long period of time, the teeth may shift or sustain further damage.

If you are unable to get in to see a dentist right away, here are the steps to take:

  • Apply clove oil to the tooth to alleviate pain
  • Clean the crown, and affix it onto the tooth with dental cement. This can be purchased at a local pharmacy
  • If the crown is lost, smear the top of the tooth with dental cement to alleviate discomfort.
  • DO NOT use any kind of glue to affix the crown.

We will check the crown to see if it still fits. If it does, it will be reattached to the tooth. Where decay is noted, this will be treated and a new crown will be made.

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Cracked or broken teeth

The teeth are strong but they are still prone to fractures, cracks, and breaking at times. Particularly if they are compromised, weakened, or experience various degrees of trauma. Sometimes fractures are fairly painless, but if the crack extends down into the root, it is likely that the pain will be intense. If a tooth has been fractured or cracked, there is little alternative but to schedule an emergency dental appointment as quickly as possible.

When a segment of tooth has been broken off, here are some steps that can be taken at home:

  • Call our dental office
  • Rinse the tooth fragment and the mouth with lukewarm water
  • Apply gauze to the area for ten minutes if there is bleeding
  • Place a cold, damp dishtowel on the cheek to minimize swelling and pain
  • Cover the affected area with over-the-counter dental cement if you cannot see us immediately
  • Take a topical pain reliever

The nature of the break or fracture will limit what we are able to do. If a fracture or crack extends into the root, root canal therapy is often the most effective way to retain the tooth. In the case of a complete break your dentist will usually affix the fragment back onto the tooth as a temporary measure.

Dislodged/loose teeth

When a tooth has been dislodged or loosened from its socket by trauma or decay, it might be possible to save it. If the tooth remains in the mouth still attached to the blood vessels and nerves, there is a good chance root canal therapy will not be necessary.

It is important to call our office immediately to make an appointment. In the meantime, use a cold compress and over-the-counter medications to relieve pain. Your dentist will reposition the tooth and add splints to stabilize it. If the tooth fails to heal, root canal therapy might be required.

If you have questions or concerns about dental emergencies, please contact our office.

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