Dental emergencies are inconvenient and frightening, especially when you don't know how to handle them. The good news is that with the right team on your side such as Family Dental Care, you can remain calm and know that everything will turn out fine. Here are some helpful tips on handling 3 common dental emergencies.
A Chipped or Broken Tooth
There are actually a number of treatment options that can be utilized to fix a chipped or broken tooth, so gather as many pieces as you can an get to our office as soon as possible. We encourage patients to call us even if the chip or fracture seems small because chips can cause irritation to your tongue, gums, cheeks, and lips.
Dental Pain or Sensitivity
If you're experiencing dental pain, or a constant toothache, this may be the indicator of infection. Please note that dental infections won't go away without treatment, so it's important to call Family Dental Care right away. An infection that's left untreated can spread to other critical areas of the body, and will eventually lead to tooth loss. Root canal therapy can often preserve an infected tooth, so it's important to act quickly.
A Tooth Knocked Out
Time is truly of the essence when your tooth is knocked out, and this is because Dr. Edwards has the best chance of saving your tooth within the first hour of your accident. Try to handle the tooth as little as possible and place it back into its socket. If that's not possible, transport your tooth carefully in a cup or baggie filled with milk. This helps to keep your cells moist and alive until you get to our office.
At Family Dental Care, we understand how stressful and painful emergencies can be and we'll make every effort to see you as soon as possible. Please don't hesitate to call us if you or a loved one sustains a dental injury or is suffering from pain or a toothache.