Sometimes You Can’t Wait
We understand that dental emergencies can happen at the most inconvenient times. It is essential to sustain your dental health with regular hygiene and exams to lessen the chance of emergencies, but when one comes along, you can rest assured knowing we do our best to support new and existing patients when an urgent dental need occurs.
Losing a Tooth
If one of your permanent, adult teeth is knocked out, it is very important to take restorative steps and call your dentist immediately. If possible, try to find the lost tooth, being very careful not to touch the root when you pick the tooth up. Gently rinse it off with water to get rid of any dirt it may have picked up while knocked out. If you can, place the tooth back in its original socket.
Please do not force the tooth into place or bite down; simply place it in its original location. If this is too sensitive or otherwise impossible, place the dislodged tooth in your mouth between your cheek and other teeth. If you are not comfortable with this, place the tooth in a cup of milk. After taking measures to save the tooth, call your dentist immediately. When it comes to a lost tooth, time is of the essence, so make sure to see a dental professional as soon as possible.
If you chip a tooth and are not in any pain, a trip to the dentist can often be held off for a day or two, as emergency dentistry may not be necessary. If a tooth is cracked or fractured, however, you should seek medical attention immediately. A tooth that breaks on the outside is likely to be experiencing internal damage as well. If the fracture is severe enough, the tooth may not be able to be saved. If you fracture or break a tooth, call your dentist as soon as possible. Make sure to rinse your mouth with warm water and place an ice pack on your face to reduce swelling.
Tooth pains happen. Any pain in your mouth that lasts longer than one day should never be ignored. Pain surrounding your teeth and mouth tissue can often be a sign of something serious. Infections and tooth damage can cause pain. Some severe diseases also start with mouth pain. If you are concerned about any pain associated with your teeth or in your mouth, contact your dentist right away.
What happens after your visit?
After your emergency dentist appointment, we’ll work with you to help you get into a pattern of regular preventive care in an effort to help you avoid needing further emergency visits.