Alamo Ranch & Helotes Emergency Care
Accidents involving your oral health can happen to everyone, and often at the most inopportune times as well. If you or a loved one is experiencing a severe dental injury, don’t hesitate – contact Alamo Springs Dental right away for the skilled emergency assistance and reassuring attention you need most. Walk-ins are always welcome here in Helotes, and we can even schedule appointments on Saturday if needed. Dr. Aiyana Anderson and Dr. Michele Moreno want to provide you with relief as soon as possible, and we can even provide assistance over the phone if you’re unable to reach us right away. Here are some tips for how to best handle some of the most common emergency situations we see:
I Knocked Out My Temporary Crown
There are usually no severe consequences to losing a crown for a short period of time, but it’s still important to re-cement the restoration back into its rightful place as soon as possible. Place a dab of toothpaste or dental adhesive over the tooth in question, and gingerly place the crown. This should serve as a temporary solution until you reach our Helotes, TX office.
I Knocked Out My Tooth
Do you still have the tooth? It may be possible to reattach it. Carefully rinse it under lukewarm water, removing any foreign debris while doing your best not to touch the root. Then, place it back into its original socket and hold it in place. If this isn’t possible, carry it in a cup of milk or your own saliva; it’s crucial to keep the tooth as moist as possible.
I Cracked My Tooth
Have any pieces broken off? Collect them and rinse your mouth carefully. A cold compress held against the appropriate cheek can reduce any swelling until you’re able to see Dr. Moreno or Dr. Anderson.
I Have a Painful Toothache
Floss thoroughly around the source of the pain; this may dislodge a food particle or other foreign debris that could be causing the discomfort. Rinse your mouth and take pain medication if needed. If the discomfort persists, contact Alamo Springs Dental to schedule an emergency appointment.
When to Visit the Emergency Room?
In certain situations, we strongly recommend going to your nearest emergency room for assistance. These could include heavy oral bleeding, severe facial swelling, or a jaw that’s injured or even possibly broken. If you’ve suffered damaged teeth in this accident as well, please contact our office as soon as possible so that we can arrange reconstructive care. While most injuries occur by pure happenstance, some can be avoided by following some simple rules. Always wear an athletic mouthguard when participating in any kind of athletic activity where contact is possible. Always use scissors instead of your teeth when opening packaging. Avoid particularly hard or sticky foods and don’t chew ice.
If you’d like to learn more about how to prevent dental problems, or if you’re in need of emergency assistance, contact Alamo Springs Dental right away. We welcome patients from all over the Helotes area, including Alamo Ranch, Stillwater Ranch, Castroville, Bandera, Alamo Heights, Grey Forest, Helotes, Leon valley, Balcones Heights, and beyond!