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Planning for oral emergencies is often as important as the actual dental care will be should an oral accident occur. Although minor incidents such as biting your lip may seem trivial, they can potentially have long-lasting effects on your smile and could cause infections or other oral health disorders if not addressed quickly. Thus, view all oral emergencies the same, even ones that may seem inconsequential.

The excitement of a better smile awaits with oral emergency treatments. The key to understanding oral emergencies includes the following:

Cracked Tooth: If you suffer a cracked tooth due to blunt trauma or similar harm, wash the area with clean water and apply a gauze pad to minimize bleeding.

Filling/Crown Knocked Loose: If a dental crown or dental filling is knocked loose, shelter the affected tooth in your mouth with chewing gum if it had a filling, and a cotton swab if it had a crown.

Tongue/Lip Bite: If you bite your lip or tongue, clean the wound out with clean water and cover with a gauze pad until it stops bleeding.

Tooth Loss: If you have a tooth knocked out, steep the loose tooth in a liquid substance to keep it moist, as it may be possible for your dentist to save the tooth.

If you would like an oral emergency treatment from James Aldridge Jr. DDS at our dentist office in Huntington, West Virginia, please contact us at 304-523-3666. Dr. James N. Aldridge Jr. and the rest of our team will ensure you get the superior smile you desire. We want to ensure your teeth remain clean for a lifetime to come.