Emergency Dentist in Corpus Christi
Dental emergencies happen in the space between one second and the next causing pain, panic, and plenty of inconvenience. If you or a loved one is experiencing severe dental pain or a bad injury, do your best to stay calm. Time is often of the essence of in these situations, so don’t wait – contact Dr. John Thompson right away for assistance! Our Corpus Christi team will do what we can to see you as soon as possible, and in the meantime, we guide you on how to stabilize and improve your condition until you arrive at our practice. Here are some helpful tips for the most common emergency cases we see:
If significant pieces of the tooth have come loose, gather them and bring them with you to our office. In the meantime, it’s possible to experience some facial swelling; a cold compress held against the appropriate cheek should help to reduce this.
While your tooth will certainly be vulnerable after losing its crown, there isn’t any immediate danger to worry about. If you still have the restoration, rinse away any foreign debris from its surface. Then, place a small amount of denture adhesive, dental wax, or toothpaste on it and carefully resettle it over the tooth. This should work as a temporary solution until Dr. Thompson can professionally cement it.
Do you still have the tooth? If so, hold it ONLY by the crown (the white portion) and carefully rinse away any dirt or other foreign debris under water. Then, place it carefully back into its original position in your mouth and hold it there. If this can’t be done, hold the tooth in your cheek instead or place it in a cup of milk. This will help increase your chances of a successful reattachment.
Is it possible that there’s something stuck between the teeth? Floss and rinse thoroughly to dislodge any food particles or other foreign objects; this may put a stop to the discomfort. If it doesn’t, reach out to our team for further assistance. In the meantime, it’s fine to take painkillers, but DON’T place them directly on the gums, as this could cause burning.
We’re here to help! Patients from Orange Grove, Robstown, Sinton, Alice, and other surrounding areas are welcome to contact Dr. Thompson in Corpus Christi, TX to schedule an emergency appointment.