An accidental fall in the home or an athletic injury can sometimes impact the mouth with enough force to damage teeth and gums. In many of these instances, some basic first aid measures might be needed to help manage discomfort and other symptoms while you seek emergency treatment.
Consuming a standard dose of an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication, or gently rubbing a topical oral analgesic on the nearby gum tissues might help manage discomfort. Also, lightly applying a cold compress to the face to help minimize swelling while you seek professional care at the dental practice of John J. Tortora, DDS.
After a quick assessment of the problem, our dentist will present you with a treatment plan. If the internal pulp or root of the tooth has been traumatized we might need to perform a root canal to excise the affected structures. At this point, we will rebuild sufficient structure to support a dental crown.
We will also provide you with any necessary prescription medications to help minimize discomfort while your injured soft tissues heal. They will need to be taken at the indicated times and doses for maximum long-term effect. Our dentist will provide you with any other aftercare instructions.
If you are in the Brick, New Jersey, area and you have recently suffered a significant dental trauma, please call 732-295-1616 to seek emergency treatment with our experienced team. Dr. John Tortora and Dr. Munira Sulaiman are ready to help you maintain your healthy smile!