Most Common Dental Emergencies – Part 2

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Broken or loose crown

Sometimes a permanent crown may loosen up or become dislodged. This could be due to tooth decay, fracture, or consuming sticky foods that may pull the crown off the tooth. Sometimes, if the crown is not fractured, the dentist may be able to cement the crown back onto the tooth if there are no compromising conditions like fracture or decay. Other times, the tooth will need to be restored and a new crown to be fabricated. You may temporarily cement the crown with over the counter temporary cement that is sold in drug stores, but make sure to call your dentist and schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Lip or tongue trauma

If you’re experiencing trauma to the cheek and / or the lip, clean the area gently with a clean cloth. Apply pressure and a cold compress to stop the bleeding and reduce swelling. If the bleeding persists, or if the cut area is significant in size, head to the nearest emergency room.

Facial swelling

Cellulitis is inflammation and infection that has spread to the surrounding tissues. The most common treatment is antibiotics, followed by treatment of the source of the infection. This may result in a life-threatening medical emergency due to airway obstruction and possible sepsis, so see your dentist immediately, or go straight to the nearest emergency room.

Broken jaw

If you have a broken jaw, you will usually feel pain and experience facial swelling. Other possible symptoms may include jaw stiffness, bleeding from the mouth, or an abnormal appearance of the cheek or jaw. You may also have loose or damaged teeth, and it will be difficult to open your mouth widely. Apply a cold compress to control the swelling, stabilize the jaw by using a towel wrapped beneath the jaw and tied on top of the head, and head to the nearest emergency room.

Objects caught between teeth

Gently try to remove the object with dental floss, but avoid cutting your gums. You can also tie a small knot in the floss and pull it through in order to dislodge the object. Never use a sharp object, and if flossing does not work – call your dentist.

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Drs. Olya & Leon Banchik
Dr. Olya Banchik is a dentist at Reafield Dental – a family, cosmetic, and implant practice serving the Marvin / Blakeney / South Charlotte / Waxhaw communities. Dr. Banchik grew up in Southern California, and received her dental training at New York University. She completed advanced dental training at the University of Nevada, School of Medicine, Dental General Practice Residency program, and has been in private practice for over 15 years.

Dr. Banchik is the co-founder and executive director of Smiles for Survivors, a non-profit foundation that assists breast cancer patients suffering from dental complications following cancer treatments.

Dr. Olya Banchik's greatest priority is the comfort of all her patients and making sure they receive the highest quality of care.

Dr. Leon Banchik is highly trained in cutting edge dental technology; he is greatly experienced in a variety of dental procedures, including dental implants, cosmetic and general dentistry, Invisalign, “all on four” or teeth in a day, and many others.

Dr. Leon is an excellent, kind, and honest doctor that always ensures complete comfort of his patients. He loves practicing dentistry and treats all patients like family – with great care and compassion.
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