Read below to see what we recommend you do in the event of mouth trauma or emergency to help reduce or eliminate the long-term effects that could arise if you don’t take proper action.
Traumatic Tooth Injuries
Trauma to teeth requires quick action. If a tooth has been moved, loosened, chipped, or knocked out, seek treatment as soon as possible. Because a broken tooth is more likely to become infected, it’s important not to delay.
Severe Tooth Pain
If you have acute or persistent tooth pain, you need to visit us immediately. Tooth pain is most often caused by a bacterial infection that can spread if left unchecked. Call us right away at (919) 969-9330 for an appointment so we can recommend the best course of action.
Accidental bites, falls, sports injuries, and scalding liquids can cause infections and potentially serious abscesses in the gums that can be very painful. Rinse any injury to the soft tissues of the mouth immediately with diluted salt water. Try to clear any visible debris, and go to the emergency room immediately if there’s uncontrollable bleeding. If you can’t remove a foreign body lodged beneath the gumline gently with dental floss or a toothpick, call us right away to make an appointment and avoid infection.
Orthodontic treatments can cause discomfort, but they can also cause true emergencies in rare cases. These include trauma or injury to the teeth, face, mouth, or jaw that can disrupt your orthodontic hardware and cause unmanageable pain. For loose, broken, or irritating pieces of hardware, call our office for further advice.