A dental emergency can be more than a lost tooth, though this is the urgent situation most people think of when imagining why prompt dental attention could be needed. Urgent situations may also include injury to a tooth or gum tissue, or a persistent, severe toothache. Regardless of the type of dental situation, emergencies can lead to difficulty speaking, eating, or even getting through the day.

The American Dental Association encourages the prevention of dental emergencies through careful use of teeth, which are intended for chewing, not use as tools. Though we can protect our teeth by avoiding biting or chewing on hard objects, or trying to open packages of any sort with our teeth, the possibility for unexpected dental problems remains.

Eastland Dental Center is equipped to handle dental emergencies with great care and prompt action. If you find yourself in a situation where dental care is needed right away, or you are unsure if your dental problem should be treated immediately, we invite you to contact our office. Our team is available to provide dental care when you most need it, allowing you to return to your normal activities as soon as possible.

Tooth damage

Damage to a tooth or teeth should be assessed by your dentist as soon as possible. This damage may be visible or felt, such as a broken tooth or lost restoration. Damage may also present as a persistent, worsening toothache. Tooth pain is, in fact, one of the leading reasons for urgent dental care in our country. Damage may be initially addressed by rinsing the mouth with lukewarm water. Cold compresses may be placed against the cheek to ease discomfort until you can be seen at Eastland Dental Center.

A tooth that has become dislodged, or has been knocked out may be saved if treated right away. A knocked-out tooth should be rinsed carefully, avoiding touching the root. Dislodged teeth should not be brushed or scrubbed in any way, as damage to the root greatly minimizes the potential for successful reimplantation into the socket.

Soft tissue injuries

Injuries to soft tissues may require dental or medical attention. Dr. Milligan can help you determine the best way to handle this type of dental emergency. Initial treatment of soft tissue damage may include rinsing the mouth with gentle swishing, using salt water to minimize swelling. Bleeding may be handled by placing a moist tea bag or moist gauze pad against the area, applying gentle pressure. Cold compresses may diminish discomfort until your dentist or physician can make necessary repairs.

A dental emergency can certainly catch you off guard. Dr. Milligan and the experienced staff at Eastland Dental Center can help you through your dental problem with precise care, getting you back to normal activity as soon as possible. Contact our office in Bloomington to schedule your dental check-up, and diminish your risk of dental emergencies.

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