Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Midland, TX
Still have a few questions on your mind about handling a dental emergency? Dr. Courter and our team are here to help! If you have a specific question, we encourage you to contact our office so we can provide you with immediate assistance. On the other hand, if you’d like to do a bit more research before reaching out, that’s okay too! Read on for the answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions we get from our patients.>
What Should I Do If My Jaw Is Fractured?
If your emergency involves a life-threatening condition, like a broken jaw, a deep facial cut, or difficulty breathing then you should visit your nearest emergency room right away. Once you get the medical attention you need, you can contact our office for a same-day visit with our emergency dentist. From there, he can work diligently to address the root of the issue, prevent any additional damage from occurring, and restore your pain-free smile.
How Can I Bring Down Facial Swelling?
Swelling is one of the most common symptoms of a dental emergency, which can be unpleasant in more ways than one. Fortunately, you can bring down the puffiness and reduce your discomfort by placing a cold compress against the outside of your cheek for 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off. You can also try rinsing with a mixture of salt and warm water to decrease inflammation while simultaneously preventing infection. If all else fails, you can take over-the-counter pain medication, like ibuprofen, to help.
Should I Be Worried If My Tooth Is Sensitive?
If dental sensitivity is something you’ve always struggled with, then a special toothpaste can be used to fortify your enamel and prevent discomfort when consuming hot and cold foods and beverages. However, if the discomfort is stemming from a serious health concern, like an advanced stage of gum disease, then you should schedule an urgent appointment as soon as possible to restore your oral health. Since it’s better to be safe than sorry, we highly recommend scheduling a visit with Dr. Courter for a thorough exam. That way, he can make sure your oral health is in good condition or intervene to administer treatment if needed.
What Items Should I Include In My Emergency Dental Kit?
Dental emergencies can be extremely anxiety-inducing, especially if you don’t have the right items on hand. That’s why we encourage patients to keep an emergency dental kit in their home and their car. So, whether you or a loved one suffers from a painful toothache, knocked-out tooth, or anything in between, you can be ready. Here are a few helpful items to include:
- Latex-free gloves
- Individually wrapped gauze pads
- A container large enough to fit a tooth
- Saltwater rinse solution
- Our office’s emergency contact information
Dr. Courter and our team know how painful and stressful dental injuries can be, which is why we do our best to always be there for hurting smiles. If you have a question or would like to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact our office.