When Do You Need Emergency Dental Treatment?

Dentist Blog

Regular dental appointments can help you keep your teeth in great condition. However, unavoidable, serious dental issues may sometimes arise. In these situations, it's best to seek prompt dental treatment. You may be unsure about what qualifies as a dental emergency. Here are four instances when you should seek emergency dental treatment: 

1. Your tooth falls out

Experiencing tooth loss can be traumatic. If your tooth falls out, you must call a dentist for emergency treatment. Save your lost tooth if possible because your dentist may be able to reattach it. After calling the dentist, rinse your lost tooth in water, being careful not to disturb its roots. Gently place the tooth back in its socket until you arrive at the dentist's office.

2. Your tooth breaks

Teeth may break if exposed to sufficient force. If you're involved in an accident that involves an impact to your face, your teeth may crack or chip. In this situation, you should seek dental treatment as soon as possible, even if your broken tooth doesn't hurt. Cracks and chips make your tooth more vulnerable. Fortunately, your dentist can repair minor tooth damage using dental bonding. More serious damage can be treated with a dental crown. 

3. Your tooth hurts

Tooth sensitivity is not always a cause for alarm. Many people experience sensitivity when eating sugar or cold foods. However, sharp or aching dental pain is a sign that something is wrong. If your tooth hurts, you may have a cavity or oral infection. Prompt diagnosis and treatment can prevent serious problems. Call your dentist's office and inform them of your problem. They will make every effort to see you as soon as possible.

4. Your filling or crown falls out

Dental fillings and crowns are used to repair damaged teeth. These dental fixtures are intended to be permanent, but occasionally, issues may arise. Sticky foods, such as gum or taffy, may pull a dental filling or crown out of your mouth. If this occurs, you should make an emergency appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Avoid chewing on the affected side of your mouth until you receive treatment.

Dental emergencies can be frightening, but a dentist can help you through them. Don't be afraid to seek emergency treatment if you experience one of these situations. Your dentist will make every effort to see you as soon as possible when you need urgent care.


4 December 2020

Getting Your Toddler to the Dentist Once and For All

Toddlers should see a dentist for the first time by the age of twelve months or by the time their first tooth comes in. But if you are a parent with toddlers anything like mine, the prospect of going to the dentist (let alone anywhere!) can be pretty intimidating. My kids were a handful growing up. They had tantrums any time we would have to sit in a waiting room, and they refused to get in the dentist's chair during their first few visits. So, I had to employ a professional to help me make the transition to finally getting them in that dental chair without all the screaming and crying. I know I'm not the only parent in this situation, so I decided to share the information I've learned with others who can use a little help. You can find all my advice right here on these pages!