Emergency Dental Care in Acworth, GA
Unfortunately, accidents and injuries are a part of life – and often when we are least expecting them. If you experience dental trauma, it can be painful, overwhelming, and emotional. You deserve a dental practice that understands how you are feeling, and can work quickly to restore your teeth and gums, with minimal pain.
Fortunately, Dr. Yen Tran at Acworth Premier Dental Care provides emergency dental services when you or a member of your family has experienced serious damage to your teeth or gums. Dr. Yen Tran is experienced in handling dental emergencies and can provide sedation dentistry treatments to help alleviate your pain and improve your experience in the dental chair.
Do I Need Emergency Dental Care?
Pain is often what patients notice first in a dental emergency. If you are suffering from severe tooth or gum pain, do not put off a visit to a dentist. Occasionally, however, dental emergencies may not produce pain or discomfort right away. If you experience a minor crack or if a tooth chips with minimal discomfort, an emergency procedure is not usually necessary. Contact our office so you can see Dr. Tran at her first available opening. However, teeth that have become loose, are broken, have been knocked out, or gums that are bleeding severely are all signs that you are experiencing a dental emergency. Call our office so you can see Dr. Tran right away for a quick emergency procedure to restore and protect the health of your mouth.
Common Dental Emergencies and How to Handle Them
Preparation is key when it comes to a dental emergency. Becoming familiar with emergency care can help you stabilize your teeth and gums until you can be seen by Dr. Tran. In all instances, take an over-the-counter pain reliever if needed to help control your pain. Listed below are Dr. Tran’s recommendations for how to handle some common dental emergencies you or a loved one may experience:
- Knocked-out Tooth: Trauma to the mouth, from a fall, sporting injury, or other accident, can knock a tooth loose from the gums. If your tooth has been knocked out, retrieve the tooth (if possible) and store it in a mixture of milk and saliva. This sustains the tooth so Dr. Tran can attempt to replace the tooth in its socket.
- Fractured Tooth: If a large portion of the tooth has broken off, try to locate it and bring it with you. Protect your gums and inner cheeks from the sharp edge of a broken tooth by applying some dental wax, available at most drugstores.
- Dental Abscess: Extreme gum pain and tenderness, accompanied by inflammation or a pimple-like structure near the base of a tooth are signs of an abscessed tooth. This means a pocket of pus has built up in the tooth or gums from a growing infection. Immediate action can save the tooth and relieve the mounting discomfort.
- Soft Tissue Trauma: If you experience an injury to the gums, lips, cheeks, tongue, or other surrounding oral tissues, rinse your mouth with a saltwater solution and apply gentle pressure with a piece of gauze. (A tea bag can be used if gauze is not available.) Call our office for further instruction. While not all soft tissue injuries require a dental visit, we can help you determine what should be done next.
- Lost Filling or Crown: Lost or broken crowns and fillings leave your natural tooth exposed. It is important to address this issue quickly, even if you do not feel pain. To protect your tooth until you can be seen by Dr. Tran, use dental wax or apply a temporary dental bonding agent to stabilize and cover the area. Both of these remedies can be found at most drugstores.
- Toothache: For tooth pain, rinse your mouth with a salt water rinse. An ice pack can also be used to reduce any swelling in the gum or cheeks.
Dental Emergency? Contact Our Office
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, always contact our office immediately. If you need emergency treatment during our regular hours, our staff will do all they can to fit you into our schedule as soon as possible. We are also happy to provide care for new patients during emergency situations. Call a member of our staff for more information at 770-974-6868.