Suffering from an emergency of any kind is daunting. However, suffering from a dental form of emergency can leave individuals incredibly unsure of what to do. The residents of South Concord, NC, however, do not have to worry about what to do when they encounter a dental emergency. This is because Dr. Clifford C. Compton III and his team at Concord Dental Services will squeeze you in anytime that you go through a dental emergency.
Since you are the first one to respond to your own dental emergency, before you actually get to your dentist’s office, below are some of the things that you need to know so that you can address the situation properly the next time that you encounter a dental emergency:
Knocked Out Tooth
When you have a knocked out tooth, time is going to be of the essence for this dental emergency. The reason for this is that the longer you wait, the lower the chances of your dentist successfully re-implanting the tooth into its socket become. A knocked out tooth can be a result of a facial accident, and the first thing that you need to do after experiencing having your tooth knocked out of its socket is to clean the tooth by washing it with running water. Make sure to cover the sink with a clean towel to prevent your tooth from cracking or falling into the drain should you drop it. You can place the tooth back into its socket while you are getting to your dentist or you can transport it in milk.
Chipped or Fractured Tooth
When you have a chipped or fractured tooth, this means that parts of your tooth’s structure has been removed due to force of trauma. The way to treat chipped or fractured teeth is through dental bonding with the help of composite resin material. Your dentist will apply composite resin material, which is teeth like in color, to the fractured and chipped off portions of your tooth in order to reconstruct its original structure. Depending on the extent of the chip or fracture, you may need to visit your dentist right away. Regardless, having a chipped or fractured tooth is always an aesthetic problem.
Sometimes, you may bite down on your lips or mucous membranes and cause excessive bleeding. The best thing to do in this situation is to apply pressure on the site of the bleeding in order to contain it. However, if the bleeding doesn’t stop in a couple of minutes or if you have a known bleeding disorder, then it is recommended that you head to your dentist immediately or to your hospital’s emergency room.
Seeing yourself in any of these situations may cause you to become extremely anxious and at a loss for options but with the help of Dr. Compton and his staff at Concord Dental Services, you can be assured that any kind of dental emergency can be treated in a very expedient, safe and professional manner.
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