Dental emergencies are those which are either life-threatening, or involve extreme pain or severe bleeding. Any kind of tooth infection is also considered a dental emergency, and should be treated as soon as possible by a qualified dentist. A tooth which has been broken or knocked out and is accompanied by bleeding and pain is also usually a dental emergency requiring immediate attention.
Any patient who experiences a knocked-out tooth should pick it up by the crown (not the root), rinse it off gently, and try to re-position it in the mouth. Keep the tooth moist until you can see your dentist for emergency treatment.
Whenever you have chipped, cracked, or fractured teeth, you should see your dentist immediately. This is necessary in order to prevent any further damage or complications.
Injuries to the tongue, lips, or other soft tissue in the facial area is one common dental emergency. A lost crown or filling, or damage to your braces generally also call for immediate attention to prevent the situation from worsening. Some patients also experience recurring bleeding after a dental extraction, and this calls for emergency treatment as well.
Maintain good oral hygiene habits, which include regular brushing and flossing. Make sure to keep regularly scheduled dental appointments, so any developing issues can be identified at an early stage. Always wear a mouth guard when participating in contact sports, so as to protect your teeth from injury or harm. It’s also a good idea to stay hydrated, because your mouth needs a constant supply of saliva to maintain good oral health.
If you are uncertain about an issue which may or may not be a dental emergency, it’s best to err on the side of caution and contact us at Ammons Dental by Design. If your situation isn’t really an emergency, we can schedule you for a regular appointment, and if it is, we’ll ask you to come visit us immediately for treatment.