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Find Fast Emergency Dentist in West Monroe

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It happens when you’re least expecting it, maybe while preparing for a big presentation at work or running around with your children on the playground. Suddenly, a serious dental injury takes place in the blink of an eye, or a dull oral discomfort bursts into searing pain. Your busy schedule and obligations won’t stop for these types of issues, so how do you find the relief you need fast?

At the practice of Dr. L. King Scott, we understand the urgency of dental emergencies very well. That’s why our team will make every effort to see these patients as soon as possible following their initial call. We can also provide assistance over the phone if you’re unable to reach our West Monroe, LA location right away for whatever reason. Don’t hesitate to contact us!

If you’ve experienced a dental emergency and are unsure of what to do, here are some guidelines for how best to handle some common situations:

I’ve Broken My Tooth

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Be prepared for some facial swelling following this type of injury. Thankfully, the effects can be alleviated with a cold compress held against the appropriate cheek. If any large pieces of the tooth have come loose, please gather them and plan to bring them with you to our practice.

I Have a Toothache

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Is it possible that something stuck between the teeth is causing the pain? Try thoroughly rinsing your mouth and using floss around the affected area. If this isn’t alleviating your discomfort, an infection within the tooth may be the cause. Contact our practice for further assistance. You can take a painkiller in the interim, but do NOT place aspirin directly on your gum tissue, as it may burn.

I’ve Knocked Out My Tooth

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First, do not panic. If you still have the tooth in question, handle it by the white crown portion (NEVER the root) and carefully rinse off any dirt or other debris while taking care to leave all nature tissue as intact as possible. Then, we recommend trying to place it back into its original socket and holding it in place. Alternatively, you can place the tooth in a container of milk. If you are interested in having it reattached, keeping the tooth moist is absolutely necessary until you can reach our practice. Call our West Monroe office right away – don’t wait!

I Have Something Stuck Between My Teeth

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Try to remove it with floss. In order to make your flossing more effective, you can tie knots in the string and position them strategically near the debris. If this proves unsuccessful or you’re in too much pain to complete the act, please contact our office right away for further guidance.

How Can I Prevent Dental Emergencies?

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  • Schedule checkups and cleanings every six months with Dr. Scott! Our team will be able to identify any potential damage or infection very early on in its development, potentially saving you from an emergency situation later down the road.
  • Do your best to avoid foods that are extremely tough or sticky. Also, don’t chew on cubes of ice.
  • Always wear an oral appliance if you regularly play sports and/or suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding). A custom-made model from our practice is best for long-term stability and reliability.
  • Rely on scissors to open your packaging and not the teeth.