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What Counts as a Dental Emergency?

January 28, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — brookwooddentalteam @ 3:30 pm
Concerned woman at emergency dentist

Emergencies rarely happen when we expect them. Maybe you chipped a tooth while chewing on a pen cap at work, or your child had their tooth knocked out while playing basketball, or your friend cracked their tooth on a popcorn kernel at the movies. Would you know what to do if presented with any of these common dental emergencies? Acting quickly and correctly can help you prevent further damage and get back to your regular life without delay, and in some cases may even save a tooth from being lost. Here are some common situations in which you should definitely call your emergency dentist in Lansdale.

Chipped, Cracked, or Fractured Teeth

Visible damage to your teeth is always cause for concern. However, a small chip in your tooth that doesn’t hurt can wait a few days to be seen by your dentist. In the meantime, be sure to avoid using it while chewing to keep the damage from worsening.

On the other hand, a fractured or cracked tooth requires swift action. This kind of injury usually indicates that the inside of your tooth is damaged, and it may be susceptible to infection. If your tooth is broken, clean out your mouth with warm water and call your dentist right away. To reduce the pain and swelling, take a pain reliever like acetaminophen and use a cold compress on the outside of your mouth. If the tooth can be saved, your dentist may restore it with a dental crown or root canal therapy. 

Knocked-Out Tooth

In a situation where a tooth has been completely dislodged, time is of the essence, so call your dentist as soon as you can. Carefully pick up the tooth by the crown, being careful to avoid touching the roots, and gently rinse it off. You don’t need to scrub away any lingering tissue that still remains attached to it. You can try to rest the tooth back in its socket, or keep it in a small cup, plastic bag, or container full of cold milk. The sooner you see your dentist, the more likely it is that they will be able to reattach it.

Severe Toothache

Unfortunately, there are numerous factors that could cause your tooth to hurt. While some of these issues can be remedied with better dental habits and oral hygiene practices, at other times, tooth pain may require professional emergency care. If you have a long-lasting toothache that seems to be getting worse over time, it might be at risk of falling out due to an infection. What’s more, that infection can spread to your other teeth and even escape into your bloodstream, negatively impacting your overall health. You should see your emergency dentist right away if your tooth pain is accompanied with:

  • A darkening of one or more teeth.
  • Swelling and pain in your jaw or face.
  • Bleeding, oozing, or a small, pimple-like bump on your gums.

Since a dental emergency can happen to anyone at any time, it’s important to be prepared by keeping a dental emergency kit with you. It should include a small container with a lid, acetaminophen, gauze, and your dentist’s contact information. Knowing what to do in a dental emergency can give you confidence, peace of mind, and may even help you save your smile one day!

About the Practice

At Brookwood Dental Associates, our highly trained team of dentists and state-of-the-art technology are here for you during your dental emergency. We have extended office hours and will do everything we can to offer a same day treatment. No matter what issue you’re dealing with, our skilled dentists and specialists provide a variety of services to meet all your dental care needs under one roof. We can be reached at our website or at (215) 368-2424.

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