Dental emergencies are scary, but remember to keep calm and contact our orthodontists and their staff for dental emergency information. Often, making the right decision at the critical moment can make the difference in saving a tooth or possibly an entire smile. Below are a few examples you or someone around you may encounter.
Knocked out Teeth
One of the dental emergencies we see at Sealy Orthodontics is is a tooth that has been knocked into a different position. If your teeth have been bumped, and are no longer in the same position, contact our doctors immediately. Sometimes, they can be moved back into place and secured, but further follow-up with your dentist will be needed.
Occasionally, the tooth can be knocked completely out. This is very rare with braces, but if this occurs , think about the next steps you need to take to help preserve the tooth.
First step: clean and preserve the tooth. Do not scrub the tooth. Try to preserve it by actually placing it back in the socket if possible. If not, place it in a small bag of milk. Then give our doctors a call and they can help with the rest.
Just like with a tooth that has been knocked out, broken teeth need to be rinsed and preserved. If there is swelling you can apply a cold compress to the painful area to try and bring the swelling down. For any other dental emergency, give your dentist a call. If the situation is more severe, where broken bones or bleeding are involved, you should go to the nearest emergency room.