With only one set of permanent teeth to last your entire lifetime, you want to keep your smile safe, but life happens. Whether your kid is skateboarding and has an accident, or you feel a severe toothache, you can turn to our trusted, caring team to make it right again. When you need it most, we’re here to help you get back to full oral health. So, if you are in the middle of a dental emergency, don’t wait! Contact our practice immediately so that your smile can stay happy and healthy!
In some situations, figuring out what to do is easy—if you have a broken bone, you need to see a doctor right away. But with dental emergencies, it can be challenging to know what course of action to take. Overall, it’s almost always a good idea to call our office. We schedule an appointment as soon as possible, and our team can provide advice that can help you have a positive outcome. Below are some general tips for dealing with common issues:
Tooth pain is often the result of bacteria gaining access to the sensitive nerves inside the tooth either because of decay or trauma. Try to floss around the tooth to ensure that no food particles are stuck between your teeth. If the pain persists, call our office. In some cases, we’ll need to perform a root canal to relieve your pain and save the tooth from extraction.
At first glance, a chipped or broken tooth may not seem significant, but it can expose your vulnerable tooth to harmful bacteria. After calling our office, rinse your mouth with warm water to keep the area clean and avoid using that side of your mouth for eating. Keep in mind that if your tooth doesn’t have enough structure to support a dental crown, we may need to extract the tooth.
If your tooth comes out completely, contact our office immediately. Pick up the tooth, but avoid touching the crown. Rinse it off with cool water and try to put it back into place. If that’s impossible, store the tooth in between your cheek and gums or in milk. Try to arrive at our office within 30 minutes to improve your chances of successful reimplantation.
Although losing a filling or crown may not hurt, it can cause your teeth to become sensitive or susceptible to infection. Make sure you rinse your teeth with water to keep the area clean.
The harsh truth is that you won’t be able to prevent all dental emergencies; however, you can take certain measures to protect your smile from decay and damage, including the following:
Dental emergencies can be just as unique as you are and require personalized treatment that is catered to your specific needs. Before we begin to fix your problem, we will go over the costs associated with treatment so that you can make an informed decision. However, if you need help, don’t put off treatment—it could cause you even more pain and serious trouble down the road. The sooner you deal with the problem, the easier and less expensive the solution to fix it will be.