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An accidental fall in the house or a bodily collision during sports can sometimes impact the mouth causing harm to soft oral tissues and potential dental fractures. In a moment such as this managing the pain and assessing the severity of the damage to teeth and gums can prove helpful, while you seek professional treatment.

It might be beneficial gently rinse your mouth with some lukewarm salt water to clear away any excess blood and oral debris. This could also help to soothe wounded soft tissues while also giving you a better look at the area.

If you need help managing any initial pain you could try taking a standard dosage of an over the counter pain medication. At the same time gently rubbing a small amount of topical oral analgesic on the area might help to numb traumatized soft tissues while you make your way to Dr. Carol Halloran’s office.

If the surrounding tissues have started to swell, you could try applying a cold compress for up to 20 minutes at a time.

Once you arrive at Crossroads Dental’s clinic, Dr. Carol Halloran and her team will quickly assess the severity of the oral trauma. Then, she will advise you of the necessary short-term treatments and possibly follow up care.

If you are in the Waterloo, Iowa, area and you have suffered a significant oral trauma, you should call 319.291.3908 to seek emergency dental treatment at Crossroads Dental’s clinic.