An accidental fall in the home or athletic accident can sometimes impact the face and mouth. In some cases of severe oral trauma, you might need to apply some basic oral first-aid while seeking emergency treatment from a dental professional, such as our doctor.
If your mouth is bleeding, or if there is debris left over from the incident, you might be able to rinse it away with a little bit of warm saltwater. You may also be able to manage any developing soft tissue swelling by applying a cold compress or a bag of frozen vegetables to the injured area.
If pain and discomfort begin to develop, you can sometimes manage those by rubbing a small amount of topical oral analgesic on the nearby soft tissues. A standard dose of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication might also be helpful.
Dr. Indra Quagliata and her staff at IQ Family & Cosmetic Dentistry can assess the severity of the damage to your teeth and other soft tissues. We can treat immediate trauma or develop a long-term treatment plan to help you regain optimum oral health.
Your trauma treatment might call for repairing any damaged teeth with a dental filling, dental crown restoration, root canal or extraction. Our doctor can also suture any lacerated soft tissues, which will allow them to heal.
In some of these cases, Dr. Indra Quagliata might also provide you with a prescription for pain medication to help alleviate your discomfort during the recovery process. These medications will need to be taken as directed.
If you are in the Rochester, New York, area, and if you or someone close to you has just suffered a significant oral trauma, you should call 585-475-0140 to seek emergency care at IQ Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.