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Your dentist, Dr. Afshin Azmoodeh, and our dental team care about you and your smile, which is why we encourage you to have a plan if you ever experience a dental emergency. Having a plan will help you feel more calm and less stressed during these situations. So, to help you create a plan, we encourage you to include the following things in the details:

-For a knocked-out tooth: If you’ve knocked a tooth out of place, then try to find the tooth, or the pieces of the tooth, and keep it in a safe place. The only way your dentist can put it back into place is if it’s still alive. So, keep it alive by putting it between your gums and cheek, in a glass of milk, or in a glass of water with a pinch of table salt. You can also purchase a tooth-preservation product at the store.

-For a broken bridge or crown: If you’ve broken a dental bridge or dental crown, don’t wiggle or play with it. Playing or wiggling it could harm the abutment underneath. If it has fallen out of your mouth, keep the restoration in a safe place and take it into your dental appointment. If possible, use over-the-counter dental cement and cement it back into place until you can see your dentist.

-For an injured tongue: If you’ve injured your tongue, rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater and place a wet washcloth or gauze pad over the injury. Apply pressure if possible to stop the bleeding. If the bleeding hasn’t stopped in about 30 minutes, it’s best to visit the nearest urgent care facility.

Using these tips will help you have a cool head and will also help you handle the situation as well as possible. If you have any questions or you would like to learn more about what to do during a dental emergency in Plano, Texas, please call our office today at 214-227-1000 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Afshin Azmoodeh. We are happy to help you in any way we can!