What to Do in a Dental Emergency
Sometimes tooth pain or damage develops gradually, but in the case of a dental emergency discomfort and injury can come on suddenly, and taking action is important to preserve your oral health and the tooth itself.
If you find yourself with a dental injury, Dr. Todd Johnson at Johnson Dental in Onalaska, WI can help with emergency dental care.
Traumatic tooth injury
Tooth injury can result from playing sports, taking a tumble or any number of accidents. If your tooth is knocked out, chipped or cracked from impact or injury, call our Onalaska office immediately for emergency dental care.
If the tooth has fallen out completely, either place it in a cup of milk to soak and bring it with you to our office, or gently try to temporarily put it back in place until our dentists can assist you.
If the tooth is dislodged, place a cold compress on the exterior of your mouth near the site of injury to reduce any throbbing or swelling.
Intensive tooth pain
Tooth pain can be debilitating, making it uncomfortable to eat, brush your teeth or even go about your day in general. Tooth pain can result from root damage, severe decay or other oral health issues. At our Onalaska office, we offer emergency dental care solutions for any issue -- if the cause is a deep cavity, we can apply a filling, or if the damage is to the root of your tooth, a root canal may be in order.
Oral injuries can affect not just your teeth, but your gums. If you find your gums are bleeding whether due to injury or irritation, try applying light pressure to the area with a dampened square of gauze until you get to our Onalaska office for emergency dental care.
Gum injury may result from a periodontal abscess, which is an infection caused by bacteria that requires rising and draining the abscess. Our dentists may also suggest you undergo a root canal.
Don't let a dental emergency go untreated. Call Johnson Dental Care in Onalaska, WI today at 608-788-3852.