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Dental Emergency


A cracked tooth image at Mark A. Coussens, DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Emergencies can be scary. Dental emergencies are no different. When an emergency happens, it is easy to panic and want to drive straight to your nearest emergency room. The truth, however, is that most dental emergencies do not require hospital care. Most emergencies can be handled right here at Mark A. Coussens, DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. There are even some emergencies that can be handled from the comfort of your own home. We have the experience and expertise necessary to help you deal with a variety of dental emergencies, restoring the health of your mouth, with emergency care.

Taking Care of Emergencies at Home


Emergencies are scary; there is no doubt about that. However, there are some emergencies that are not that serious and can be treated right from your own home. Once such emergency is when you bite your lip, tongue, or cheek. While painful, these common injuries are rarely dangerous. If the injury causes bleeding, place a piece of moistened gauze over it and apply gentle pressure. Any swelling or pain you can be managed with an over the counter pain reliever or an ice pack wrapped in a towel.

If your bleeding lasts for more than 15 minutes, then you should seek emergency treatment at the ER. Another common issue that can sometimes be handled at home is a toothache. In many instances, a toothache can indicate an infection, but sometimes, it is simply caused by a piece of food or other obstruction stuck between your teeth.

Before you call the office, brush and floss your teeth thoroughly, but gently. Then rinse your mouth with a salt water solution. If you are unable to dislodge anything, or you notice other symptoms that point toward an infection, call us right away.

How We Can Help


We have the experience and expertise to treat a wide array of different dental emergencies in our office. Common emergencies we treat include:
•  Toothaches. A toothache is a common symptom of an infection. If not treated, infections grow worse, compromising not only your oral health but your overall health as well. We can determine the cause of your toothache with a thorough exam. If we do find an infection or another issue, we can then provide you with the treatment you need to restore your oral health.
•  Tooth damage. The teeth are strong, but they can still be faced with physical damage or decay. While most minor damage usually only affects the aesthetics of your teeth, more significant damage can compromise the structure and the health of the affected tooth, which can lead to further damage or infections. Even if the damage only seems minor, it is important to receive treatment quickly.
•  Teeth that have been displaced. In some cases, injuries can lead to your teeth either being partially dislodged from their sockets or pushed deeper inside. When this happens, we can reset the tooth and place a splint while you heal.
•  Teeth that have been knocked out. It is also possible for your teeth to be knocked out completely. If the tooth is knocked out cleanly, it may be possible to save it. After you find the tooth, rinse it with cool water and store it in a jar of milk, careful not to touch the root end. We can usually replant the tooth if treated promptly. If your tooth cannot be replanted, we can discuss your options for tooth replacement.

When to Go to the ER


Even though we provide numerous emergency services, there are some instances in which it is best to head straight to the ER. Such situations include:
•  You are bleeding uncontrollably.
•  You cannot breathe properly.
•  You are suffering extreme pain or swelling.
•  You suspect you have a broken jaw.

If you, or someone in your family, experience a dental emergency, it is important that you do not panic. For more information, and to schedule your emergency appointment, call Mark A. Coussens, DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today at (503) 567-4121.

Mark A. Coussens DMD
FAMILY & COSMETIC DENTISTRY



433 SE Baseline Street Hillsboro, OR 97123-4103

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