Dental emergencies can catch you unaware and shouldn't be ignored. A dental emergency should not be overlooked as it might increase the risk of permanent damage or the need for costly treatments. The fundamental rule is to see the dentist within thirty minutes or less to save on your tooth or other complications.
Few things can be worse than a broken or painful tooth. Often dental emergencies cannot wait for business hours or regularly scheduled appointments. Here at Alencar Family Dentistry, we are committed to provide high-quality and comfortable emergency dentistry care for our patients.
Common Dental Injuries
Injuries, such as those caused by accidents, sports, or trauma to the face, can result in teeth being knocked loose or broken or chipped teeth. Some of the common dental emergencies are:
When there is profuse bleeding, it is essential to control it in the case of knocked-out teeth. If you have managed to save the tooth, hold it by the crown and carefully rinse off the tooth's root with water. Don't try to remove any loosened tissue fragments, as these are necessary to secure the tooth back into the socket. If it is not possible to reattach the tooth, place the tooth in a small milk container. Seek emergency care to get the tooth reinserted.
In case of chipped and cracked teeth:
- Consult a dental emergency dentist to fix the broken or chipped tooth to avoid further damage.
- If possible, retrieve the broken tooth pieces.
- Rinse your mouth and broken pieces using warm water.
- Partially dislodged tooth
A loosened tooth can be pretty painful, and there is an immediate need to see the dentist. Apply a cold compress on the cheek of the affected area to get relief from the pain until you avail dental care. In case of intolerable pain, you can even take over-the-counter pain-relieving drugs.
If your teeth are bleeding due to some facial injury, immediately rush for emergency dental care.
In case a wire breaks or sticks out of a bracket and stings your gum, cheek, or tongue, try and push it to a convenient position. In case you can't adjust it, add a cotton swab until you reach the dental office. The dental emergency professional will fix the problem as soon as possible to give you immediate relief.
Abscesses are a severe condition that can cause damage to the surrounding tissues and teeth. If not treated on time, the infection might spread to other parts of the body. It is best to see the emergency dentist at the earliest if you discover signs like pain or swelling in your gums.
In case of dental emergencies, don't panic; call us at Alencar Family Dentistry, Phone: (757) 546-0301 and we will help you as soon as possible.