April 19, 2017
You’ve lost a dental crown. Your tooth hurts, and you feel embarrassed by your appearance. Contact Dr. James Block, your dentist in Fremont, right away for advice on relieving your pain and for a same-day appointment as needed. Dr. Block and his team respond quickly and compassionately to pressing oral health problems, and they want you fully informed on what you can do when the unexpected occurs.
Preventive Dentistry Is More Than Cleanings
Protect your oral health from cavities and gum disease with twice daily brushing and once a day flossing and with semi-annual exams and cleanings with Dr. James Block. Preventive dental care removes toxic plaque and tartar and catches small problems, such as a small cavity, before they become complex, expensive and painful.
However, our dental health suddenly can spin out of our control. A car accident a sports injury, a fall on a slippery sidewalk–accidents damage or even knock out teeth or lacerate the soft tissues of the mouth. Would you know what to do in one of these situations?
Always contact your emergency dentist in Fremont as soon as you can for non-life threatening emergencies involving the teeth, gums, tongue, roof of the mouth or jaw. Dr. Block and his caring staff can schedule an immediate appointment if warranted or advise you on the best course of action.
What You Can Do Right Away
Here is some common sense advice to stabilize your condition in the event of an oral health emergency.
Your tooth was knocked out during racquetball. Rinse dirt and debris off the tooth, leaving any attached soft tissue. Grasp the tooth by the crown, and put it roots down back in the socket. Hold it there while you go to James Block Dentistry.The American Association of Endodontists states that the sooner the tooth is treated, the better the chances are that it will survive. If you cannot replant the tooth, keep it moist by transporting it in a sealed container containing milk or water.
You have a toothache or intense dental sensitivity to temperature or pressure. You may have an abscess, or infection, related to dental decay. Dr. Block will see you for X-rays and a visual examination to determine treatment. In the meantime, apply ice to your aching jaw–20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.
You chipped your tooth. When you fracture a tooth, try to save the fragments, and ice the area to reduce swelling. Call Dr. Block for advice and an urgent care appointment. Many chips and fractures may be repaired with composite resin bonding or porcelain crowns.
Your crown fell off. Put it in a plastic bag or clean handkerchief. Bring it to Dr. Block for repair. Cover jagged tooth edges with orthodontic wax.
You were in a car accident and cannot close your jaws together. You may have a fracture or dislocation.This is a medical emergency. Get to the hospital emergency room right away.
Never Hesitate to Call
Dr. Block and his caring team want you to feel comfortable enough to contact them whatever the problem. Dental emergencies require quick action to resolve. Count on their expert handling of your oral health issue.
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