Treating Soft-Tissue Dental Emergencies
Emergency dentistry not only treats teeth that have been fractured, knocked out or are abscessed, but this important branch of dentistry also addresses injuries to the soft tissues of the mouth--for instance, the cheeks, lips, tongue and gums. If you or a loved one sustains a blow to the mouth resulting in pain, redness, swelling and bleeding, get to a hospital emergency room, urgent care center, or preferably, Yorkville, Illinois emergency dentist as soon as possible. Quick action can prevent complications.
What to Do In a Soft Tissue Dental Emergency
Yes, it's common for children to knock their teeth out. In fact, the American Academy of Family Physicians states that about 1/3 of young children will injure a primary tooth before the age of 5. Also, kids tend to get lacerations at the back of the throat or roof of the month by falling on lollipop or popsicle sticks or pencils. Braces can cause cuts in the oral cavity, too, if wires and bands make sudden and hard contact against the cheeks and lips.
However, adults, too, injure teeth and the soft oral tissues through:
- sports and occupational incidents
- motor vehicle accidents
- consuming food and beverages that are too hot
With both children and adults, first aid and continuing care for these soft tissue injuries includes:
- Rinsing the mouth gently with warm salt water. This helps curtail bleeding, soothes the wounded tissues and helps prevent infection.
- Using a moistened sterile 2x2 or 4x4 gauze pad, place direct pressure on the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes or until bleeding resolves. Some people recommend putting a tea bag on the wound because the tannic acid in the tea helps stop bleeding.
- Placing a cold compress on the face or jaw to reduce swelling.
- Getting medical/dental help as soon as possible.
- Pain medications such as acetaminophen (Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen as these may increase bleeding.)
Contact York Towne Dental For Help.
When you or a loved one sustains a soft tissue dental injury, call York Towne dental right away. Manpreet Singh DDS and Paramvir Singh DDS are highly trained and experienced in emergency dentistry. They will give you the fast and compassionate care you need.
The doctors excel at all kinds of non-urgent dental services, too, from routine exams to dentures, veneers, dental implants and tooth-colored fillings. Call York Towne Dental today for an appointment: 630-882-8844.