No matter how careful we try to be, dental emergencies sometimes happen. The best thing to do is to avoid panicking and be prepared. Learning basic dental first aid saves teeth and prevents further injury. Here are a few tips for dealing with dental emergencies when they come up.
When you damage a tooth
Not every type of tooth damage requires immediate dental care. If a tooth is cracked or chipped but doesn’t hurt, try to avoid damaging it further until you can come in to see your dentist.
If your tooth damage is accompanied by a toothache, you should aim to visit your dentist as soon as possible so that you don’t injure the tooth’s root or any soft tissues in your mouth.
When you lose a tooth
If you seek professional dental care immediately, there’s a good chance you can save a lost tooth. Carefully recover the tooth from wherever it’s fallen. If you can, try to gently place it back into its socket, or otherwise store it in your cheek or in a glass of milk until you can get to the dentist. If you’re able to come in within the first three hours of losing the tooth, your dentist may be able to re-attach it for you.
When you have a toothache
Toothaches can be caused by any number of issues, not all of them serious. Try to manage your tooth pain with over-the-counter painkillers if you can. If the ache persists for several days or is too intense to manage on your own, make an appointment to see your dentist immediately.
If you’re ever in doubt about whether you should visit a medical professional about your dental emergency, never be afraid to give the emergency room or your dentist a call. No matter what happens, we’re here for you.
Have you managed to twist your ankle? Experiencing swelling, tenderness or bruising? You may have an ankle sprain which occurs when there is an injury to the ligaments in and around your ankle. When you accidentally twist your ankle or turn it awkwardly, it can stretch and tear the ligaments which hold your ankle together.
Symptoms of an Ankle Sprain
Ankle sprains are actually very common and may come with certain symptoms in the area such as:
- Difficulty Walking/Putting Weight on Ankle
Your ankles, unfortunately, are susceptible to various kinds of injuries. This makes it important to seek medical care in the event you’ve injured your ankle to rule out anything more serious or severe.
Sprained Ankle Treatment at Angleton ER
To prevent further injury and discomfort along and promote recovery, it is important to treat an ankle sprain. Along with treatment at our Angleton ER, your doctor may suggest some tips to aid in the healing process once you are home. These may include:
- Wrapping the affected ankle with elastic bandages
- Wearing an ankle brace for support
- Using crutches to support your weight.
- Elevating your affected foot while relaxing or sleeping.
- Taking medication to reduce swelling and discomfort.
- Keeping weight off the affected ankle
Contrast Bath for Ankle Sprains
Contrast bath therapy (hot/cold immersion therapy) is a form of treatment that may be used to treat a sprained ankle. During the treatment, your affected ankle will be first immersed in warm water, next your ankle will be immediately immersed in ice water. The treatment is typically repeated several times, alternating between hot water and cold water.
Have you injured your ankle and think you may have a sprain? Don’t hesitate to visit us at Angleton ER. We’d be happy to evaluate your ankle to determine the extent of your injury and provide treatment to reduce the symptoms and get your ankle back to good health.