When you are having a tooth extracted, you should be aware of some of the potential issues you could face. Being informed as to what could go wrong helps you be prepared.
We have been practicing dentistry for a long time, and we believe that nobody keeps their patients as safe and comfortable as we do. Nevertheless, if you are having a tooth taken out, and you discover that an adjacent tooth has been broken or fractured, there are a few things you should do.
Contact Us ImmediatelyFirst, you should call us right away. Assuming it was not something that anyone noticed while you were in the office, we will need to know about the situation so we can take immediate action to help preserve the tooth.
Come see us as soon as you can. If the tooth has actually broken, bring the piece of the tooth that is no longer attached. Try to keep it from drying out. You may bring it in a cup of milk or water, or wrap it in a damp paper towel. Depending on the severity of the break and the way in which it occurred, we may be able to save the tooth.
Use a Cold Compress for Swelling and PainPlace a cold compress against the outside of the cheek where the tooth is located. Be aware that ice should never be held directly against your skin (or the inside of your mouth), as it can cause injury. Instead, wrap the ice in a towel and hold that against the area.
The cool temperature will help you manage pain, as well as reducing the flow of blood to the area and minimizing swelling. Whatever you do, make sure you do not continue using the tooth-immediately stop eating and come see us.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at Centennial Hills: (702) 660-5574, Summerlin: (702) 660-5576 today.