Treating Dental Emegencies in Norman
Emergencies happen. Why else are there emergency rooms in hospitals? But what should you do if you have a dental emergency? In that case, a hospital E.R. is probably not the place to go. Instead, you need a dentist who is trained and prepared to handle whatever kind of dental emergency you’re facing. In Norman, OK, Dr. Carmen and his team are ready to help you or a loved one with emergency dental care that is immediate and compassionate.
First Things First
We know that it sounds cliché, but it’s true: in case of an emergency, stay calm. When you’re calm, your brain can think clearly. One of the best ways to ensure that you’re able to stay calm is having an emergency dental plan in place. Dr. Carmen suggests having our office number in your list of cell phone contacts. Our number is (405) 364-2200. If you call during the day, then we will do our best to schedule a same-day appointment. Calls after hours will go to our answering service where you’ll receive instructions.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
Although Dr. Carmen is always ready to help in case of a dental emergency, he prefers to have patients avoid them in the first place. Therefore, if you or a family member is active in sports, an athletic mouthguard is essential. We offer custom-fitted mouthguards that are made from an exact impression of your teeth and gums. These are far more comfortable than the ready-made ones available in sporting goods stores and are therefore more likely to be worn.
Treating Dental Emergencies in Norman
Dr. Carmen has treated a range of dental emergencies. One of the most common is a toothache, which can be an indication of tooth infection. In this case, antibiotics may be prescribed to begin treating the infection, but then root canal therapy is required to remove the infected nerve and preserve your tooth structure.
Depending on the severity of the injury, a cracked or broken tooth can be dental emergencies. Sometimes, a broken tooth impacts both the exterior and interior of a tooth. Once again, a root canal may be necessary. A chipped tooth is usually a minor injury that does not require emergency care.
Of course, the most recognizable dental emergency is a knocked out tooth. If you can retrieve the tooth, do the following and then head to our office.
- Clean the tooth in water, touching only the crown and not the root
- Place the tooth back in its socket and bite down gently
- If excessive bleeding prevents this, then store the tooth in a sealed container filled with milk
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, contact the dental office of Dr. Bobby Carmen in Norman, OK.