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Emergency Dental Care in Rochester, MN

Call Gentling Dental Care when you need an emergency dentist in Rochester, MN

How can I prevent a Dental Emergency?
Dental emergencies can be avoided by taking some precautions, such as wearing a mouth guard during sports and staying away from biting down on hard food such as candy or popcorn seeds that may crack a tooth. Mouth injuries may include teeth that are knocked out, forced out of position and loosened or fractured. In addition, accidents can occur causing the lips, gums or cheeks to be cut. Oral injuries are often painful and should be treated by your dentist in Rochester MN as soon as possible.

What should I do when a tooth is knocked out?
Immediately call your dentist for an emergency dental appointment. Make sure that you handle the tooth by the crown, not the root. By touching the root (the part of the tooth below the gum), you could damage cells necessary for bone re-attachment. Be sure to gently rinse the tooth in water to remove dirt. Do not scrub. Then place the clean tooth in your mouth between the cheek and gum to keep it moist. It is important not to let the tooth dry out. If it is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth of the injured person, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse in saline solution or milk.

What do I do if a tooth is pushed out of position?
Attempt to reposition the tooth to its normal alignment using very light finger pressure, but be careful not to force the tooth. Bite down to keep the tooth from moving. The dentist may splint the tooth in place to the two adjacent two healthy teeth .

What can I do if the tooth is fractured?
Rinse your mouth with warm water and use a cold compress or ice pack to reduce swelling. Take ibuprofen, not aspirin, for pain. Minor tooth fractures can be smoothed by your dentist with a sandpaper disc or simply left alone. Restorative dentistry procedures can also be done to fix the fractured tooth. In either case, treat the tooth gently for several days to heal properly. Moderate tooth fractures include damage to the enamel, tissue and/or pulp. If the pulp is not permanently damaged, the fractured tooth may be restored with a full permanent dental crown. If pulp damage does occur, further emergency dental treatment will be required. Severe fractures can mean a traumatized tooth with slim chance of recovery, but that is why you need to get a fractured tooth checked out by your emergency dental office in Rochester, MN.

What should I do when the tissue of my mouth is injured?
Injuries to the inside of the mouth include puncture wounds, tears and lacerations to the cheek, lips or tongue. The wound should be cleaned right away with warm water, and you or the injured person need to be taken to a hospital emergency room for care. Bleeding from a tongue laceration can be reduced by pulling the tongue forward and using gauze or a clean cloth to place pressure on the wound.

Gentling Dental provides a variety of emergency dental treatments in Rochester, MN. If you need immediate assistance, call us, and we’ll help you get the care you need!

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