Emergency Dentistry - Bullard, TX
In Pain? Call Us Now!
Dental emergencies can happen in the blink of an eye, causing significant panic and pain. If you or a family member has badly damaged a tooth or is experiencing oral pain with no known cause, reach out to the Bullard dental office of Tad Morgan, DDS right away to schedule an emergency dentistry appointment! Our team will make time to see you as soon as we possibly can, and additional first-aid assistance can be provided over the phone, as well as a recommendation for whether or not to proceed to your nearest emergency room. Our Bullard practice is open to patients from Mixon, TX and surrounding areas. Please don’t hesitate to call us whenever you need help with dental damage or discomfort. Our Bullard dentist and dentistry team members are always happy to help you get the smile back on your face fast.
What is a Dental Emergency?
What exactly constitutes a dental emergency? If you’re unsure, here are some of the most common scenarios we see where urgent care may be needed:
- Knocked-out tooth
- Broken/cracked tooth
- Broken/lost crown or filling
- Severe toothache or dental sensitivity
- Foreign object lodged between teeth
- Oral bleeding
- Injured jaw/bite
- Injured gum tissue
What Should I do if I Have a Dental Emergency?
When you call our team during a dental emergency, we’ll walk you through first aid and pain management steps over the phone. However, some basics you may want to consider include:
- Clean any damaged areas or pieces of tooth with cool water. Be gentle and avoid removing tissue.
- If you have a knocked out tooth or piece of tooth, you should try to replace it in its socket whenever possible. If you can’t replace the tooth, store it in a container of water or milk until you reach our office.
- If you’re experiencing bleeding due to soft tissue injury, use gauze or clean cloth to apply gentle pressure. If this doesn’t stop blood flow, you may also want to use an ice pack or cold compress.
- Using an ice pack at 20 minute intervals (20 on and 20 off) is also a great way to relieve pain and reduce swelling and inflammation.
- Take over the counter pain relievers as directed to reduce discomfort, but do not apply an aspirin or other pain reliever directly to your tooth.
How Can I Avoid Dental Emergencies?
In some cases, dental emergencies are unavoidable, but there are some habits you can change and behaviors you can avoid to reduce your risk, including:
- Brush and floss teeth carefully each day to avoid tooth decay, gum disease, and other common oral health issues.
- Visit our office two times each year for preventive dentistry appointments to help you avoid the need for more advanced restorative dentistry solutions.
- Wear mouthguards as directed to protect teeth during athletic competition or from nighttime teeth grinding and clenching.
- Do not use teeth as tools to open packages or crack nuts.
- Do not chew on ice, fingernails, or other hard objects.