Emergency dental problems aren’t just a pain—they can compromise your oral health and keep you from performing some of life’s most essential tasks. In this blog, the dentists at Clopper’s Mill Dental Care will show you four of the most common dental emergencies, and how to handle them.
You lost a tooth.
There are many, many ways to knock a tooth out—biting too hard, getting hit during sports, falling on your face, or experiencing some sort of accident. No matter what happened, it’s important to see an emergency dentist and, in the meantime, take care of your detached tooth.
First, try to put the tooth back in the socket in order to keep the tooth moist, as well as to protect the socket of the tooth from infection or further damage. If this isn’t possible, place the tooth in a saliva or milk-filled container to keep the tooth intact while you make your way to the dentist’s office.
This is perhaps the most common of dental emergencies, so be sure to protect your tooth as best as you can, and get to the dentist as quickly as possible.
Your tooth is cracked or broken.
Smaller chips are usually not a problem, causing more aesthetic issues than medical ones. If this is the case with your tooth, you probably should be able to wait until your regular dentist opens up shop during normal business hours. But if you have a major chip or breakage that is causing you pain and discomfort, a trip the emergency dentist is in order.
If your chipped or broken tooth is causing you pain, begin by rinsing the tooth with warm water, and use a small patch of gauze to apply pressure to the tooth if you’re experiencing bleeding. If you can’t make it to the dentist for a day or two, cover the area with over-the-counter dental cement to protect the tooth until your dentist office visit.
You lost a crown or a filling.
The purpose of crowns and fillings are to protect your teeth from excess damage and decay that can affect the inner parts of the teeth like the dentin, cementum, and pulp. The second you lose a crown or filling, you’re at an increased risk for pain, discomfort, and damage to your tooth and jaw—so seeing a dentist as soon as possible is critical in this situation.
If your tooth pain isn’t too bad, you might be able to wait until normal business hours to see your dentist for a fix. But if the pain is extreme, it’s time to for a trip to the emergency dentist.
You have severe tooth or jaw pain.
If you have sharp tooth or jaw pain, but you’re not sure why, it’s time to stop by the dentist’s office immediately. Pain and discomfort are signs of worse things to come—so waiting to treat your pain will only make things worse.
Trust your Germantown dentists!
If you have tooth pain that just can’t wait to be fixed, we understand taking a trip to an emergency dentist—but if your dental problem happens during regular business hours, call Clopper’s Mill Dental Care! We’re happy to help Germantown residents with their emergency dental problems like broken teeth and lost crowns, so they can have less pain, better oral health, and better smiles! Call for an appointment with us today!