When dental emergencies occur, being prepared ahead of time so that you know what to do is essential. No emergency occurs at a scheduled or convenient time, and dental emergencies are no exception. Whether you are young or old, dental emergencies are typically stressful, painful, and scary situations that require quick thinking in order to restore the health of your teeth and entire mouth.
Understanding what constitutes as a dental emergency is the first step. A dental emergency meets any of the following criteria:
- A cracked or broken tooth
- A damaged dental bridge or crown
- A knocked out tooth
- A lost filling
- An infection or abscess in the mouth
- An injured jaw
- Dental bleeding
- Extreme tooth sensitivity
- Swelling in the mouth
- Tooth pain
While the obvious emergency on this list is a knocked out tooth, it is often the others listed that get people into a great deal of trouble. A lost filling, tooth sensitivity, a cracked tooth, etc. – these are the issues that people tend to ignore. They mistakenly believe that they can just wait until their next dental appointment. However, unless your dental appointment is schedule within two or three days, you are mistaken. Dental issues do not heal on their own. The longer they are put off, the more extensive and expensive intervention will be required. Any dental emergency should be addressed as soon as possible to avoid seriously negative repercussions.
If a knocked out tooth has occurred, take these steps:
- Find the tooth. Rinse it off, but do not scrub it.
- Gently try to replace the tooth inside its socket.
- If unsuccessful at replacing the tooth, keep it moist in your own saliva or milk.
- Get to your dentist immediately.
At Brentwood Dental Group, we are here for all of your dental care needs. Call us right away if any type of dental emergency arises.
Posted on behalf of Brentwood Dental Group