Dental Emergencies Q & A
What is considered a dental emergency?
Dental emergencies can include any type of issue that requires immediate or urgent attention, including issues like:
- Swollen gums
- Cracked, chipped or broken teeth
- Tooth loss, including loss due to trauma
- Broken dentures, bridges, crowns or other restorations
- Loose adult teeth
What should I do if a tooth is knocked out?
One of the most serious dental emergencies is when a tooth or teeth is knocked out. If you have a tooth fall out or is knocked out due to trauma, you will need to visit the dentist immediately in order to preserve the chances of saving the tooth. Without touching the root, try to nestle the tooth back in its socket. Avoid touching the root, as contact with your skin or other bacteria could cause damage making it impossible to save. If you cannot place the tooth in the socket, place it gently between your cheek and gums. If that is also not an option, you my place the tooth in a glass of milk. Do not use water to keep the tooth moist. Time is of the essence, so be sure to get to the dentist right away.
What should I do if I break a tooth?
If you break a tooth, even if it is a crack, you should see your dentist as soon as possible. In many cases the dentist will be able to repair the tooth. Some breaks can be treated with filings, onlays or dental bonding with strong resins. Breaks that are larger may require a crown to avoid having an extraction. When a tooth is very badly damaged, it may need to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant, a bridge or a partial denture. Use cold compresses and light pressure to reduce swelling or to stop bleeding if necessary. Over the counter pain relievers will help with any discomfort until you see your dentist.
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