What are some of the most common dental emergencies?
Dental emergencies are those situations that require immediate attention from a dentist, especially if you find yourself in pain.
Some examples of frequently experienced dental emergencies include:
- Toothaches or tooth pain
- Infections or abscesses
- Chipped, broken, or cracked teeth
- Deep cuts inside the mouth
- Swollen and tender gums
- Sores that are slow to heal
- Broken or lost crown, bridge, onlay, veneer, denture, or dental implant
- A tooth which has been knocked out
- A tooth that has become loose
- Denture sores
What to do in a dental emergency?
From knocked out and broken teeth to excruciating toothaches, it's impossible to stop dental injuries from occurring. However, you can help ease the pain and prevent additional damage until you get to our office.
Whether your tooth is infected or broken, your first feelings might be one of panic. Try to remain calm and call our office straight away. Don't wait for the dental infection because it can lead to tooth loss and spread to other areas of your body, not to mention that you will continue to be in excruciating pain.
If your tooth has been knocked out, make sure you act quickly because the best chance of saving your tooth is within the first hour of the injury. Call our office right away and try to replace the tooth in its socket back if possible. If you can't do that, transport the tooth in a cup filled with milk because it will help keep the cells alive.
In case one of your teeth is broken, try to gather as many pieces as you can so our doctors can determine the best course of action for restoring your tooth. Even if your tooth is only slightly chipped, you should still contact us to be seen as quickly as possible because small chips can irritate or injure your comments and soft tissue.