Pioneer Valley Dental | See A Dentist As Soon As Possible After A Dental Emergency in West Valley City

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See A Dentist As Soon As Possible After A Dental Emergency

If your child fell and chipped or knocked out a tooth, or if you suddenly felt a sharp pain in your mouth, would you know what to do?

Dr. Curtis Smith of Pioneer Valley Dental says, “The worst thing people can do is to wait.  It’s important to see your dentist immediately if you feel something that just isn’t right.  In the short term, your dentist can help alleviate any pain.  In the long run, your dentist may be able to salvage a tooth.  If a tooth is salvageable, it’s always better to save it instead of removing it.  Replacing a missing tooth is always more expensive than trying to save our natural teeth.”

If you’ve chipped a tooth, Dr. Smith advises, “Save any pieces of the teeth or tooth. Rinse the mouth using warm water and rinse any broken pieces. If there's bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek or lip near the broken/chipped tooth to keep any swelling down and relieve pain. See your dentist as soon as possible.”

In the event that a tooth is knocked out, Dr. Smith says you should hold it by the crown and rinse off the tooth root with water if it’s dirty.  If possible, try to re-insert the tooth, but don’t try to force it into the socket.  If this can’t be done, put the tooth in a small container of milk, and try to see your dentist immediately.  If you see your dentist within an hour, you drastically increase the chances of saving your tooth.  Also, any time there’s bleeding involved, rinse your mouth with a mild salt-water solution.  You can also apply pressure to the bleeding area with a moistened piece of gauze or a tea bag.  A cold compress held outside of the mouth can also help stop the bleeding.

Toothaches are among the most common problems encountered by dental patients.  Dr. Smith says, “Toothaches are often caused by food lodged in your mouth, so a good first step is to rinse your mouth with warm water and floss.  If there’s any swelling, a cold compress applied to the outside of your mouth or cheek will help.  A cold compress will also help alleviate pain if you have a partially dislodged tooth.  Never put aspirin or other painkillers against the tooth or gums since this can actually cause more problems.” 

As an undergraduate student, Dr. Smith studied biochemistry at Northwestern University and Brigham Young University.  He attended dental school at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine where he graduated as valedictorian in 1993.  Immediately after dental school, he joined Pioneer Valley Dental.  Throughout his career, he has also been involved in forensic dentistry, and has been involved in the identification of victims of major airline accidents, victims of child abuse, and victims of assault and murder.


West Valley City Dentist | See A Dentist As Soon As Possible After A Dental Emergency. Curtis Smith is a West Valley City Dentist.