Preventing dental accidents is ideal, but when an accident does occur, being prepared to take control of the situation can make all the difference in saving a tooth. In the event of a dental emergency, such as injury to a tooth or oral tissue, contact Otsego Dental Group immediately. Dr. Harbin allots time in his schedule to treat you as soon as possible, and are skilled in addressing a number of dental emergencies.
Damaged or Knocked-Out Tooth
A fall or hard blow to the face can result in the loss of one or more teeth. It is important that you retrieve the lost tooth and gently rinse it with water, taking care not to remove any of the attached tissue. You can attempt to place the tooth back in its socket or in a cup of milk or salt water solution. The sooner you bring your tooth to our dentist, the better your chances are of saving the tooth.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Damage to the tongue, gums, lips, or teeth can be painful and cause swelling and bleeding. Treat the affected area by rinsing your mouth with warm water and applying pressure directly to the injury with a tea bag or moistened gauze. Applying a cold compress to the outer cheek or mouth can reduce swelling and discomfort. If after 20-30 minutes of pressure and soothing cold the bleeding has not stopped, seek medical attention through your dentist or an emergency room.
In general, a dental emergency is any situation involving oral pain, and you should not delay treatment. Prompt treatment significantly increases the odds of saving a tooth. While an emergency can incite panic, especially in parents, please remain calm to avoid any unnecessary damage or costly repairs. Contact Otsego Dental Group at (989) 448‑2664 if you are in need of emergency dental care in Gaylord, Michigan, or a nearby area. We will address your needs and restore your smile as quickly as possible.