Newsletter - June 2015

What are dental emergencies and how can I avoid them?

A dental emergency is when your tooth breaks, cracks, becomes loose, or is knocked out completely. Sometimes, a dental crown can come off your tooth, or your lips, gums, or cheeks can be cut. Some emergencies can be avoided if you take simple precautions, such as wearing a mouthguard while you're playing sports and avoiding hard foods that can crack or break your teeth.

How should I handle a chipped or fractured tooth?

There are different types of tooth fractures. Chipped teeth are minor fractures, while damage to your enamel, tissue and/ or pulp indicates a moderate fracture. Sustaining a severe fracture usually means that your tooth has been traumatized to the point that it cannot be saved. Take ibuprofen-not aspirin for pain, and call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bui as soon as possible. Dr. Bui can smooth minor tooth fractures, but some fracture may require restorative procedures.

What should I do if the tissue in my mouth is injured?

Serious injuries inside your mouth include tears or cuts, puncture wounds, and lacerations to your cheeks, lips or tongue. Any wound to the inside of your mouth should be cleaned with warm water, and you should contact our office immediately. If you can't see Dr. Bui right away, you should go to a hospital.

If you or someone you know sustains a dental injury, it's important to contact Dr. Bui right away. For more information about dental emergencies, speak to Dr. Bui. Call our office at 817-466-9972.

Have a great day!

Dr. Nancy Bui