Dental emergencies can be scary, especially when you’re in pain. Fortunately, most dentists allocate time for emergencies and will see you immediately. But how do you know it’s time to see an emergency dentist?
Let’s look at a list of dental conditions that might necessitate an emergency dental appointment.
When Do You Need Emergency Dental Care?
It can be hard to know which dental conditions necessitate an emergency appointment with a dentist. There are some instances that absolutely requirement an emergency visit, however.
Emergency conditions include:
- Knocked-Out Tooth – Pick the tooth up by the crown (the white area of the tooth that was visible in the mouth before the tooth was knocked out). Be careful NOT to touch the tooth root. Gently rinse the tooth with water. If possible, you should place the tooth gently back in its socket and hold it in place while you drive to the dentist. If you can’t place the tooth back in its socket, place it in a cup of milk or water.
- Loose Tooth or a Tooth Out of Alignment – Gently try to realign the tooth and hold it in place while you make your way to the dentist. Your dentist may need to splint the tooth to keep it stabilized.
- Chipped – A chipped tooth without significant dental pain is typically not considered a dental emergency. However, it’s important to visit your dentist immediately if you experience pain after chipping a tooth. In either case, it’s important to be careful not to injure the tissues of the mouth. You should also be careful not to chip the tooth further when eating. Your dentist will either smooth out the chip or fill it in with composite material.
- Cracked or Fractured teeth – Rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water after cracking or chipping a tooth. This will increase the chances that your tooth can be saved. After rinsing, apply a cold compress to minimize swelling. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help alleviate pain. to increase the changes your tooth can be saved, rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water, apply a cold compress to minimize swelling and take acetaminophen to alleviate pain.
Patriot Family Dentistry in Clarksville, TN is proud to offer emergency care for serious dental injuries, lost teeth and more. Contact our office today to learn more about our emergency services.