Your Dentist in Arlington Resolves Emergencies

March 28, 2017

Young man holding cheek in pain need Arlington emergency dentist

You knock out a tooth during a auto accident in Arlington. What do you do with this dental emergency? Contact Dr. James T. Gray immediately. This experienced emergency dentist in Arlington will give you the right advice to stabilize your condition and get you the treatment you need right away. Your oral health and comfort are his number one priority. Learn here what you can do when the unforeseen happens.

What is a Dental Emergency in Arlington?

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) calls the following situations dental emergencies:

  • Knocked out (avulsed), displaced or broken tooth
  • Severe oral laceration with profuse bleeding (does not resolve in 10 to 15 minutes)
  • Abscessed tooth (infected tooth)
  • Toothache pain
  • Extreme dental sensitivity to heat, cold or pressure
  • Chipped or lost crown, filling, or other restoration
  • Broken denture
  • Dislocated or broken jaw

Your dentist will advise you on immediate care and comfort measures and get you a same day appointment if necessary. Never hesitate to contact your dentist in Arlington and his dedicated team if you have any problem with oral function.

What You Can Do

Before you see Dr. Gray, there some first aid measures you can use to relieve pain and stabilize your condition:

  • Oral laceration Apply direct pressure to the wound using sterile gauze, a clean handkerchief or cloth. If bleeding does not stop within 15 minutes, go to the hospital emergency room.
  • Broken or displaced jaw This is definitely a medical emergency. Go immediately to the emergency room.
  • Knocked out tooth or displaced tooth Using your fingers, move a displaced tooth back into its proper position, and hold it there while going to the dental office. If a tooth is completely knocked out, rinse it with water, and put it back in the empty socket. If you cannot, put the tooth in a sealed container, and cover it with milk, saliva, or water. Take it to Dr. Gray because if the tooth is reimplanted within an hour of injury, its chances for survival and retention increase dramatically.
  • Intense toothache Take an over the counter analgesic to relieve pain. Rinse your mouth to eliminate drainage. Apply a cold compress to the jaw –20 minutes on and 20 minutes off– to bring down swelling.
  • Broken tooth, filling, dental implant or crown Save the fragments in a sealed container, and bring them to the office. Cover jagged tooth edges with orthodontic wax, denture adhesive or toothpaste.
  • Debris or food lodged in between teeth Try flossing to dislodge the material. If this unsuccessful, contact the office for an appointment.

The Importance of Preventive Dentistry

Urgent dental problems sometimes occur no matter how careful we are. Dr. Gray recommends these preventive measures to decrease chances of a dental emergency:

  • Twice daily brushing and once a day flossing along with six-month check-ups and cleanings
  • Wearing mouthguards to protect against sports injury and tooth grinding (bruxism)
  • Avoiding chewing extra-hard foods such as ice, taffy and peanut brittle
  • Never opening bottles or plastic packaging with your teeth

Contact Us

Contact James T. Gray DDS with your dental emergency. You’ll be feeling better and smiling in no time.