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While oral emergencies may be mild in the beginning, they can become severe if ignored or not handled well. The good news is that oral emergencies and injuries can benefit from proper care and require only minimal recovery time if addressed promptly. We invite you to review some frequently asked questions about treating common dental emergencies.

What are some of the most common oral emergencies?
Dental emergencies that occur most often are lost or cracked teeth and damaged dental restorations such as fillings and crowns. It’s important to treat these situations as quickly as possible. We may be able to place a lost tooth back in your mouth, especially if the nerve remains undamaged. Carry the tooth in its tooth gap or in a solution such as milk to keep it safe until you can see the dentist. If you have a lost filling, use dental cement or chewing gum to protect the tooth until a new filling can be placed. If you have an exposed tooth because of a lost dental crown, dip a soft cotton ball in clove oil and use it to cover the tooth.

Is a bitten lip or gums still an oral emergency?
Yes. While you may frequently bite your lips or gums while chewing, it could sometimes be serious. Clean the injured area and use gauze to stop any bleeding. You may need to receive additional care such as stitches if bleeding does not go away.

Can I prevent oral accidents?
You can reduce your risk of accidents by taking safety precautions when needed. This may involve wearing a sports mouth guard during a physical activity to protect your face and jaw from damage or reporting any harmful dental habits like tooth grinding to the dentist.

To learn more about addressing dental emergencies in Frisco, Texas, you are welcome to contact Twins Family Dentistry at (972) 335-3000 to speak with Dr. Pantea Nooraee and Dr. Kelara Gandy.