A cracked tooth or severe dental fracture from a blow to the face or other forms of oral trauma can cause significant pain. In a situation like this, you will need to apply some basic first-aid principle while you assess the severity of the damage and schedule emergency dental care at Dr. Michael King’s dental office.
You can clear away any blood with a gentle salt water rinse. This will also help to get a clear look at the traumatized tooth while soothing traumatized soft tissues in the area. If you need help managing the pain you can try to rub a little oral analgesic on your gums or by taking a small dose of anti-inflammatory medication.
If the incident has also traumatized the sensitive internal structures of the tooth Dr. Michael King will likely need to perform a root canal. This endodontic therapy will remove any compromised material while rebuilding sufficient structure to anchor a dental crown.
In a case of extreme dental trauma, Dr. Michael King might advocate extracting the whatever remains of the tooth’s root to help ease the pain and prevent a dangerous infection. Once your gums have completely healed he can help you decide if you would like to replace the tooth with a dental implant or a dental bridge.
If you live in the Burke, Virginia, area and you are suffered from a badly damaged tooth, please call 703-801-6166 to have it treated at Team Dental at River Oaks and Burke.