Our South Austin dentist understands that Austinites are adventurous people. Whether your stand-up paddleboarding on Lady Bird Lake, climbing Enchanted Rock, or taking a dip in Barton Creek, we want you to be prepared for a dental emergency. That’s why our South Austin dentist, Dr. Van Wicklen, offers emergency dental appointments. Dr. Van Wicklen will also give these tips for handling a dental injury.
How to Deal with an Avulsed Tooth
A knocked out tooth, or avulsed tooth, can be a chaotic and serious dental injury. By keeping calm and following these steps swiftly, you can achieve the best possible outcome for your situation. The key to handling a knocked out tooth is to do so safely and quickly. Our Austin dentist has a better chance of helping you reconnect an knocked out tooth within the first thirty minutes of avulsion.
Schedule an Emergency Dental Appointment
If the patients is unconscious or otherwise severely injured, dial 9-1-1, otherwise, call our dental office in South Austin right away at 512-448-3131. Recover the knocked out tooth by holding it by the crown. Do not touch the tooth roots where sensitive connective tissues are attached. Rinse the tooth in room temperature water without scrubbing or using any cleaning agents. Rinse the patient’s mouth of blood or debris.
Protect the Knocked Out Tooth
Storing the tooth in a moist, sterile place is vital to protecting the avulsed tooth. Hold the tooth in a glass of lukewarm milk, keep the knocked out tooth a container of saline solution, or place the tooth between the patient’s cheek and gums if these liquids are not available.
Relieve Pain from Dental Injury
Bring the tooth to your emergency dental visit with our South Austin dentist, Dr. Van Wicklen. The patient can relieve aches from dental injury with pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Avoid aspirin as this may encourage further bleeding.
Dental Emergencies in South Austin
For more information about dental care in emergencies, contact our South Austin dental office. You can schedule an emergency dental appointment with Dr. Van Wicklen by calling 512-448-3131. We are happy to serves the cities of Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Bastrop, Bee Cave, Cedar Park, the 78704 zip code, and surrounding communities.