By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
April 19, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental emergency  

If your dental health depended on your actions, would you know what to do? What if a baseball knocked out your front tooth, or your dental emergencyspouse developed a raging toothache? Your dentist, Dr. Mazhar Butt, and his professional staff in Carbondale, IL, assure their patients that quick and competent intervention are hallmarks of their practice. If you have an urgent oral health issue, call them for help.

Prevention is key

This rings true where your oral health is concerned. So, your Carbondale, IL, dentist arms his patients with practical strategies to handle any dental emergency. Unfortunately, USA Today reports that many people--millions, in fact--wait too long before seeking help from a dentist. Maybe they have dental pain, a broken tooth or bleeding gums, but still, they postpone getting the care they need.

Dr. Butt believes that routine preventive care--X-rays, exams and cleanings--ward off many serious issues. He asks his patients to see him twice annually and of course to call right away when they suspect a problem is developing.

But life happens...

Your dentist recognizes that accidents happen, particularly with the young members of the family. A chipped tooth, a broken orthodontic wire, pain in a tooth that is weak and possibly failing...all these constitute dental emergencies. Call Dr. Butt's office immediately when the unexpected happens. You'll receive first aid advice and a quick appointment if needed.

Also, note the following interventions. You could save your tooth--or that of a loved one--if you know just a bit of dental first aid.

Dental emergencies and what to do

  1. An oral laceration Place direct pressure with gauze or a clean washcloth. If bleeding doesn't stop within 10 to 15 minutes. go to the hospital ER.
  2. A dislodged crown or filling or broken orthodontic appliance Call the office for an appointment. Cover jagged tooth edges or braces with orthodontic wax. Save any pieces in a plastic bag to bring to the office.
  3. A knocked-out tooth It can be replanted if Dr. Butt sees you within 30 minutes of injury. Rinse the tooth with water, and put in back in the socket. Hold it there while going to the dental office. If you cannot put the tooth back hold it between your cheek and gums, or carry it to the dental office in a sealed bag with tooth preservative (available at the drug store), water, or your own saliva.
  4. A chipped tooth Bring the fragments to Dr. Butt. He may be able to repair the tooth with composite resin. More extensive damage may require a crown or porcelain veneer.
  5. Foreign object stuck between two teeth Try dislodging it with dental floss.
  6. Dental abscess Call the office right away.

Never hesitate to call

Dr. Mazhar Butt wants his patients to be at their healthiest best. Contact his team if you experience an emergency. Phone (618) 457-2123.