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January 22, 2018
Category: Oral Health
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Are you ready for a dental emergency? Knowing what to do when a dental emergency occurs can help you effectively deal with the dental emergencysituation. Any dental emergency can be potentially serious and shouldn't be ignored. Kuhn Family Dentistry, which is located in Reno, NV, offers a complete range of dental services, including emergency care. Dr. Melinda Kuhn is one of the top dentists in Reno, NV. Here's a quick summary of what to do for some common dental emergencies.

Cracked Tooth

A fractured or cracked tooth is an emergency. If you have a cracked or fractured tooth, call your dentist right away. If the pulp of your tooth is damaged, you may need a root canal. If the pulp isn't damaged, you might only need a crown. In the interim, you should rinse your mouth with warm water. Apply a cold pack to the area to reduce swelling. Take acetaminophen to alleviate your pain.

Loose Tooth

If you have a loose tooth, you should call your dentist right away. In in the meantime, you can gently place the tooth back in place. Your dentist may splint the tooth to the adjacent teeth to keep it stabilized. Once the tooth is splinted, it will be much more stable, and eating can become comfortable again. In some cases, loose teeth cannot be saved and require an extraction.

Knocked-Out Tooth

A knocked-out tooth is an emergency that should be dealt with right away. If your tooth has been knocked out, rinse it off with water to ensure that it's clean. If you can, gently place the tooth back in the socket. If you can't put the tooth back in place, put it in a container with milk. Keep the tooth moist at all times. Contact your dentist immediately. Seeing a dental professional quickly is critical for saving a knocked-out tooth.

Severe Infection

An abscess or severe infection can be life-threatening and should be treated right away. The bacterial infection from an abscess can be dangerous if it spreads to your jaw, brain, or neck. Your dentist may perform the first stage of a root canal to drain the tooth and allow the abscess to drain. If you have trouble breathing, swelling in your face, or a fever and you can't reach your dentist, go to a hospital emergency room right away.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, contact our office immediately. Call Kuhn Family Dentistry at (775) 829-9331 right now for emergency dental treatment. We will make sure you receive quality care and are seen as soon as possible. Our Reno, NV, dentist will get you out of pain and help you find peace of mind.

By Kuhn Family Dentistry
February 02, 2017
Category: Oral Health

For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.

Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.

If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.

If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.

When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.

When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment. Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.

And as for Noah Galloway:  In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!

If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”