Address Dental Accidents with Our Emergency Dentist in Tustin
Sports injury, falls and accidents can result in knocked-out, loosened or fractured teeth, along with cuts on the gums, lips or cheeks. Here, our emergency dentist in Tustin, Dr. Valdez, will explain the necessary steps to take if you've experienced a dental accident in a proper manner to protect and safe your smile.
How to Handle a Dental Emergency
First, let's discuss first aid measurements that come in handy before seeking professional dental help. It's important that the person applies a cold press to the injured area so the bleeding stops. This is advisable if you cut your lip or cheek area, or if there's any injury to the jaw bone.
If you're suffering from a severe toothache, consider mouth rinses with warm water and use a floss to clear the area from any food debris impaction.
In case when the tooth is knocked out of its socket along with its roots, use warm water to rinse and then apply cold compresses or place a gauze. Rinse the avulsed tooth in water if it's dirty, then place it in milk. The milk is the best transport medium; however, other medium include saliva or water.
Check with Dr. Valdez within a few minutes of theemergency. It's best to hold the dislodged tooth from the tip rather than the root, and you should visit our office within 30 minutes of injury, as there's a high chance we can replace the dislodged tooth back in its socket.
Getting to our office at the right time makes the right difference to the treatment plan we recommend. There's a higher chance of saving the tooth and your smile. We understand that this isn't always the case, but we also offer restorative procedures that will give you your smile back after you've fully healed. Give Cornerstone Family Dentistry a call at (714) 669-9555 to learn more about how to handle dental emergencies and what our office can do to help.