A fall in the home or a sports injury can sometimes impact the mouth with significant force. In some of these scenarios, the damage to soft oral tissues and teeth can be severe, requiring some essential first aid measures while you seek emergency care.
A light rinse with a small amount of lukewarm saltwater might help clear away lingering blood and any associated oral debris. If you need help controlling the bleeding you might want to try gently packing the area with a little sterile gauze.
If you need help minimizing discomfort, you could try gently rubbing a small amount of topical oral analgesic on the surrounding gums and soft tissues. Consuming a small amount of an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication might also help alleviate discomfort while you seek emergency from a dentist like Dr. Karisha Madden.
An area of soft tissues that start to swell might be addressed by gently applying a cold compress for up to 20 minutes at a time. If you don’t have one readily available a bag of frozen vegetables might suffice.
Once you arrive at Madden Dental we will work quickly to assess the severity of the trauma to teeth, gums and soft tissues and develop an effective treatment plan.
If you are in the Houston, West University Place, or Bellaire, Texas, area and you or someone near you has just suffered a significant oral injury, please call (713) 667-8080 to seek emergency dental treatment at Madden Dental.