What To Do In Case Of A Dental Emergency?
Whether it is something as simple as a tooth filling or a complicated procedure, we can provide you with assistance. If the problem arises when our office is closed, our answering service will forward your message to our dentists. Even if you have never been to our office before, we are happy to help you during a dental emergency. Please contact us immediately if you are in urgent need of care. Call your nearest Northcutt Dental location as soon as possible.
Common Dental Emergencies
The most common reasons our patients need emergency dentistry are accidents or toothaches. Toothaches can be caused by infection or by injuries. If you are suffering from a toothache, don’t hesitate to call us immediately. We will get you in as soon as possible & figure out what is going on so we can relieve your pain.
A tooth that has been knocked out or cracked is perhaps the most critical dental emergency. If your tooth has been knocked out in an accident, seeing a dentist as soon as possible is vital to saving your tooth. In the meantime before you get to the dentist, you can take steps to keep your tooth alive, including gently trying to place the tooth back in its socket (without touching the root), keeping the tooth between your gums & lip, placing it in a glass of milk, or placing it in an ADA-approved tooth preservation kit. If your dental emergency is potentially life threatening, you should go to the emergency room.
Common injuries that should be treated at the hospital include:
- Jaw fracture/dislocation
- Deep lacerations to the soft tissues in the mouth or to the face
- An abscess or infection that’s swollen and affecting breathing/swallowing
Other injuries are best treated by a dentist who knows your smile.
These types of dental emergencies include:
- Chipped or broken tooth
- Lost filling
- Knocked out tooth
If you or your child lose a tooth here are a few tips that might actually save that tooth:
- Find the lost tooth as quickly as possible.
- Avoid any contact with the tooth roots.
- Rinse the tooth carefully under slow-running water. Do not scrub.
- Try to put the tooth back into the socket it came from. If that is not possible, place it under your tongue or in a small glass of milk.
- Use sterile gauze pads to control any bleeding.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
There are a few precautions you can take to avoid future dental emergencies. Our most important piece of advice is to treat your teeth with care & respect. You only get one set of permanent teeth! Stopping bad habits like nail biting or chewing on pens & other inedible objects can go a long way in preventing future dental disasters.
Improvements to your dietary habits can also contribute to dental longevity. Eating ice or hard & sticky candy is rough on your teeth & will wear them down or even loosen them. If certain foods take extra effort to chew, it’s probably best to avoid them.
Athletes & kids who play sports should always wear protective mouthguards during physical activities. These can be purchased at the store or from a dentist. An athletic mouthguard that fits well is more likely to prevent injuries, so make sure to have a dentist take a look at yours. Even minor teeth shifting can affect how your mouthguard fits.
If you’re having problems with a store-bought sports mouthguard, the dentist can usually make one that’s better for comfort & protection. After all, you’re more likely to wear a mouthguard when it fits nicely! Get in the habit of bringing your mouthguard to every dental appointment in case it needs adjustment.
Keeping these tips in mind can save you a lifetime of dental visits & expenses. We’re happy to care for you during a dental emergency, but we’d prefer you avoid one in the first place!