Proper care during a dental emergency can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. When it comes to dental trauma, it is important to understand what constitutes an emergency.
What constitutes a “dental emergency”?
A dental emergency is anything that can threaten the health of one or more teeth. Often times, a dental emergency causes you pain. For example, if a tooth is knocked out of place or fractured, you should seek dental help immediately.
What do I do if I knock out a tooth?
If a tooth becomes “avulsed” or knocked out, find the tooth and rinse it off with warm water. It is important to hold the tooth by the crown and try not to touch the root. If it will easily and painlessly go back into the socket, gently place it into the original socket and call your dentist. If this is too painful, place it in a cup of milk and seek your dentist immediately. The sooner you see a dentist, the better chance you have at saving the tooth.
What if I chip a tooth?
When it comes to fracturing or chipping a tooth, the life of the tooth is not always in jeopardy. If you believe that the damage to the tooth is just cosmetic, it is not sharp and you are not in pain, you can hold off on seeing the dentist immediately. However, if you’re experiencing tooth pain, the nerve may be exposed and you should contact us right away.
How do I manage dental pain?
Over the counter pain medication can help with pain before you are able to see a professional. Ice packs are also a great way to help reduce swelling in the area.
If you injure a tooth and think it may be a dental emergency, contact us right away. We are readily available to handle dental emergencies and will help you as soon as we can.