The practice of Michael S. Connally, DDS is here for you, especially during emergencies.
It is very important to be prepared in case you have an emergency. Even though we wish that they wouldn’t, emergencies happen. Being educated and knowing what to do in an emergency can be the difference between losing and saving a tooth. You also need to know your dentist’s phone number.
You need to contact us right away if you are having an emergency! If we are not open, go to the nearest emergency center.
If you lost a permanent tooth, it is important to keep it wet until you get to the dentist. If possible, place it back into the socket. If that is too painful, keep it between your cheek and gums or place it in milk to try to save it.
If you crack a tooth or bite your tongue or lip, you should always rinse your mouth with warm water. A warm compress will help reduce swelling. If you have something stuck in your teeth, gently use floss to get it out. You shouldn’t try to remove it with something sharp. For toothaches, don’t place aspirin right on your tooth or gums.
You should always wear a mouthguard during sports and other physical activities to protect your teeth. You should also avoid chewing hard food like hard candy, ice, and popcorn kernels. These are very good at breaking teeth. You should also use scissors instead of your teeth to cut or tear things.
If you have a dental emergency, contact us immediately at (432) 684-8289.