The most important thing to do is to assess the situation and make sure that everyone is safe. If any questions exist about physical safety or if other types of bodily harm have taken place, call 911 immediately. If there is no risk of further injury, it is important to gather any pieces of tooth that may have broken off or any dental devices that were broken. Then, contact the Blooming Dental office to determine the next steps. Whether at our Austin, Texas or Cedar Park, Texas location, urgent care is a service that Dr. James J. Lee, DDS, and his staff take very seriously.
This is one of the most common questions that come into the Blooming Dental office, and the truth is, no cut-and-dried answer exists. Patients only have a window of 1–2 hours during which a tooth can be successfully re-implanted. To maximize the chances of success, patients can try to gently rinse the lost tooth, then reposition it into the socket in the proper position before contacting the Blooming Dental office. If that is not possible, patients should immediately submerge the tooth in a small amount of milk, water or saliva from their mouth. Rinse the mouth out with warm water. Next, apply pressure to the gum area to stop any bleeding and use a cold compress to reduce swelling until treatment begins.
The gum tissue that surrounds teeth forms an essential barrier between the human body and the outside world. When that barrier is compromised by a dental injury, bacteria and other harmful elements can enter the body. Infection can occur, which is a condition that can quickly become difficult to control. Any time that a dental injury occurs, it is important to seek urgent care as soon as possible. Dr. James J. Lee, DDS is highly skilled at emergency dental procedures, and can chart a course of action to restore a healthy and happy smile.
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"Dr. Lee and his staff are top notch and treated me with the highest level of professionalism and care, which helped eliminate anxiety from having to go to the dentist."
"Mary, the hygienist is amazing. She was extra careful around the teeth that I pointed out as very sensitive. It was the best cleaning I've ever had!"
"I think the doctor is great. He tells you everything that he's doing and going to do, which is nice. He's quick, professional, and straightforward."
"Dr. Lee is one of the best dentists I have been to in Austin. His crown procedures are remarkable. He is extremely customer caring and loves what he does!"