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By Valerin Dental Group
March 16, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental emergency  

Accidents happen, and knowing what to do when a dental emergency occurs can mean the difference between losing and saving a tooth. dental emergencyDental emergencies are serious and shouldn't be ignored. Dr. Manny Valerin at Valerin Dental Group in Peoria, IL, offers a full range of dental services, including emergency care. Here are some tips for handling the most common dental emergencies.

1. A Severe Toothache- Toothaches are usually the result of either tooth decay or an infection. Rinse your mouth with salt water and use an interdental cleaner or dental floss to make sure the area is clean. Apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek to reduce pain. Call your emergency dentist immediately. Appropriate treatment could include antibiotics and root canal treatment.

2. Broken Tooth- A cracked or broken tooth is a dental emergency. Call an emergency dentist immediately. If the pulp of your tooth is damaged, you may need root canal treatment. If the pulp isn't damaged, you might only need a dental crown. In the interim, you should rinse your mouth with salt water to keep the area clean. Put an ice pack on your face to reduce swelling. If you have the broken tooth piece, wrap it in a wet cloth or wet gauze and bring it with you to your Peoria dentist. 

3. Knocked-Out Tooth- When a tooth is knocked out, you should call an emergency dentist immediately. If it is within 30 minutes of the injury, it may be possible to reimplant the tooth. Gently rinse the tooth to remove debris or dirt. If you can, gently place the tooth back in the socket. If you can't put the tooth back in place, wrap the tooth in gauze or a clean cloth and immerse in milk. Seeing an emergency dentist quickly is critical for saving a knocked-out tooth. 

4. Tooth Abscess- A tooth abscess may occur when a tooth is fractured or injured in other ways. A tooth abscess is a collection of pus that's caused by a bacterial infection. Signs and symptoms of a tooth abscess include a severe toothache, swelling in your face, and jaw pain. If you have a tooth abscess, rinse your mouth with warm water to dislodge any food debris. Clean the area around the tooth by flossing and brushing gently. Apply an ice pack on the outside of your cheek. Contact an emergency dentist immediately.

If you're experiencing a dental emergency, call Valerin Dental Group at 309-693-2310 immediately for emergency dental treatment. We will make sure you receive quality care and are seen as soon as possible. Our Peoria, IL, dentist will get you out of pain and on with your life.

By Valerin Dental Group
September 18, 2016
Category: Oral Health

For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.

Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.

If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.

If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.

When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.

When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment. Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.

And as for Noah Galloway:  In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!

If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”