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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies – Bloomington, IN

Know What to Do in a Dental Crisis

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When a dental emergency strikes out of nowhere, thinking clearly and planning your next course of action can be difficult. You may have no idea what to do, especially if you’re in pain. When a dental injury or infection threatens to harm your smile, our team at Barco Family Dentistry is here to help. If you experience a dental emergency in Bloomington, just give us a call and we’ll schedule an urgent appointment and provide you with tips on how to deal with your situation until you reach our office. On this page, we’ve laid out some examples of common dental emergencies and how to handle them.

Something Stuck Between the Teeth

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Do you have a piece of food or some other object trapped between your teeth? Not only can this become distracting or annoying, but it can place uncomfortable on the teeth can cause them to shift apart slightly. Use dental floss to gently rock the object back and forth until it comes loose. Try not to use sharp objects, like toothpicks, as they could injure your gums. If the object won’t come out after flossing, contact us to schedule an appointment.  

Partially Dislodged Tooth

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Sometimes a tooth doesn’t completely come out, but you can tell that it’s partially dislodged, or extruded, because it’s unstable and appears longer than normal. Until you arrive at our office, which you should try to do within an hour or two, do not touch the tooth or chew with it. We’ll reposition the tooth so that it can properly reattach to its connective structures.

Infections

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Bacterial infections in the teeth or gums can often result in a dental abscess, which is a pus-filled bump on the gums. Infections may also cause an intense, persistent toothache in Bloomington. Call us promptly to book an appointment. In the meantime, take an over-the-counter pain medication and apply a cold compress to the area to reduce pain and swelling. To treat this problem and save the tooth, we may have to perform a root canal to remove the collection of pus and infected tissue.

Soft Tissue Injury

Have your gums, lips, tongue, or other soft tissues in your mouth been injured? If so, you’ll likely have to deal with some bleeding. Apply firm pressure to the site with a clean piece of cloth or gauze. If the bleeding persists after more than 10 minutes, head to the emergency room. Otherwise, you might want to give us a call so we can make sure your smile hasn’t sustained any hidden damage.

Jaw Pain

Do you often wake up with a sore jaw or pain in your head, neck, or jaw? If so, you might have a problem with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the joint that connects your jaw to the rest of your skull. TMJ dysfunction (TMD) can cause chronic teeth grinding that contributes to worn-down enamel, sensitive teeth, and even tooth fractures. While not as urgent as other dental emergencies, you should still call our emergency dental office in Bloomington as soon as you can so that we can decide which of our many TMJ therapies can alleviate your discomfort.