Dental Trauma and Emergency
In the unfortunate event that you experience a dental emergency, you should contact your dentist immediately. We have set aside times each day for emergency appointments.
Here is some basic advice about dental emergencies that may help before you get professional care.
If your tooth gets knocked out, you must immediately follow these few procedures and notify your dentist. In doing so, you increase your chances that the tooth can be saved and reinserted by your dentist.
- Start by retrieving the tooth and be sure to handle it by the crown, being careful not to touch or damage the roots.
- You may clean the tooth by rinsing it very gently in water as scrubbing may remove tissue or cause additional damage. It’s a good idea to make sure the drain is closed while rinsing to protect it from falling in.
- If possible, you may try to reposition the tooth carefully in its original socket and then slowly bite down to hold it in place.
- In the event that the previous step was not possible, simply place the tooth in a small container with some milk.
- Contact your dentist as soon as possible as immediate treatment is crucial in trying to save the tooth. Time is against you when you knock out a tooth, the longer you wait to have the tooth refitted in its socket the slimmer your chances are of saving the tooth.
You should immediately call your dentist in the case of a loose tooth or one that is out of alignment to schedule an emergency appointment. Until then, keep the tooth in its natural position by applying gentle pressure with your finger. Do not be forceful. Sometimes it helps to bite down on the tooth to keep it from moving. If this is the case, your dentist may want to further anchor the tooth by splinting it to its adjacent teeth.
Chipped, Cracked or Fractured Teeth
If you have a tooth that is chipped but do not experience any pain, it is usually not a dental emergency, and it won’t hurt to wait a few days to until an appointment can be made with your dentist, but you should be careful not to cause additional damage to it while eating. In treating a chipped tooth, your dentist may simply smooth the area that was chipped or repair the area with composite filling material for a natural appearance.
A tooth that is cracked or fractured usually indicates that damage has occurred within the tooth structure as well as on the outside in which case you should immediately contact your dentist for an emergency appointment. Some tooth fractures may be so severe that the tooth will not be able to be saved by your dentist.