Posts for tag: dental emergency

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.

By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
October 12, 2016
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.”

By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
October 06, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental emergency  

Not sure if a dental problem is an emergency or a more minor problem? Dr. Mazhar Butt, your Carbondale, IL dentist shares some dental emergencyinformation on common dental emergencies.

What issues are considered emergencies?

Dentists consider these problems emergencies:

Trauma to your mouth or teeth: If you experienced a blow to your mouth that knocked out or loosened a tooth or moved it out of position, it's an emergency. Blows to the mouth often produce pain and cuts in your cheeks, gums, face or lips, which should be treated as soon as possible.

A broken tooth: Teeth can break as a result of an injury, but may also fracture if they've been weakened by previous dental procedures or cracks. If your tooth breaks, call your dentist immediately.

Severe pain: Your dentist wants to know if you're in pain. Call him if you experience severe pain in a tooth or in your jaw.

Dental abscesses: Severe pain can be a sign that you have a dental abscess. Symptoms of abscesses include a pimple on the gum next to the painful tooth, swelling in your jaw or face, fever, swollen glands in the neck, pain when you chew, bad breath, a bad taste in your mouth or red gums.

What about lost fillings or loose or lost crowns?

Lost fillings or crowns aren't dental emergencies, although you should call your dentist as soon as possible during normal business hours. Applying temporary filling material, found at drugstores, can help protect your tooth until you see your dentist. Dental cement found in over-the-counter dental repair kits can be used to temporarily re-attach loose crowns. If you've lost your crown, cover the tooth with dental cement to prevent pain from exposure to the air and hot and cold temperatures.

What if I'm not sure?

Are you teeth killing you because you have an abscess or because your sinuses are inflamed? It's not always easy to tell if a problem is really an emergency. If you're not sure, it's always a good idea to give your dentist a call.

Are you concerned about a dental problem? Call Dr. Mazhar Butt, your Carbondale, IL dentist at (618) 457-2123 to schedule an appointment.