Posts for tag: dental emergency

By Smart Family Dental Care
June 16, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Find out what you should do if this dental issue happens to you.chipped tooth

Oh no! A piece of your tooth just chipped off. As you look at the little piece of enamel in your hand you may be asking yourself, “Now what?” Our Norcross, GA, dentist, Dr. Orson Baek, is here to tell you exactly what you should do if you are faced with a chipped or cracked tooth.

Minimal Damage

No matter how minor the chip may look, it’s still important that you visit your Norcross general dentist. Why? A chip can continue to grow if it isn’t treated. If the chip is small, we may only need to buff out the area to smooth any jagged, sharp edges. In some situations, we may even apply bonding resin over the areas that we had to file down in order to restore the shape of the tooth. In most cases, bonding won’t require us to numb the tooth beforehand, since we only have to apply, shape and harden the resin to your tooth.

Moderate to Severe Damage

If the chip was a bit more extensive than you realized then we will determine whether a dental filling will be able to support the tooth or whether a dental crown will need to be placed over the tooth in order to restore function and strength. A crown may be the best approach if the chip has affected a large portion of the tooth and weakened it. If you do need a crown, it will be custom made to fit over the tooth to protect it from further damage while also restoring its appearance.

How to Treat Your Tooth

While it’s necessary to come in for care, there are certainly things you can do before you come into the office to help ease symptoms including:

  • Eating only soft foods and avoid chewing or using the damaged tooth (try to avoid eating, if possible)
  • Applying sugarless gum to the chip or crack, particularly if the area is sharp and there is a possibility that you may cut your tongue or cheek
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, which can also reduce any swelling. You can also swish saltwater around in your mouth to help provide temporary pain relief

Don’t ignore a cracked or chipped tooth. If you are dealing with this issue, the dental experts at Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA, are ready to help. Call our office today and we’ll make sure to get you in our office as soon as possible for treatment.

By Smart Family Dental Care
February 20, 2016
Category: Oral Health

For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.

Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.

If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.

If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.

When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.

When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment. Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.

And as for Noah Galloway:  In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!

If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”