Accidents can and often do happen, but acting quickly and responsibly to resolve the problem could mean the difference between saving a tooth and losing a tooth. Knowing not just what to do, but where to go is crucial too. Should you or any of your family need emergency dental care, we here at All Smiles Family Dentistry are more than happy to treat you in a timely and professional fashion. Anything you believe may be a dental emergency should not be left untreated, as this can lead to lasting damage. We will always do our best to see you as soon as we possibly can in order to quickly diagnose the cause and stop your pain. We reserve spaces for emergencies in our schedule every day, so same day appointments are very often an option. If your emergency is after hours, we do have an answering service with emergency contact information so that you may still reach a doctor when needed.
How Do I Know If I Have An Emergency?
Avulsions, or teeth being knocked out in other words, are a very common dental emergency and are something we deal with on a regular basis. Every year, more than 5 million teeth are lost to sports related injuries alone in the US, so knocked-out teeth are certainly something we are always ready for and able to fix. A chipped tooth, where a portion of the tooth has been knocked off after an impact, can be treated as an emergency as well as a lost crown or even injuries to the cheek, tongue or lips. In fact, any form of toothache you may need treatment for should not be ignored, you should seek help immediately.
Here we offer some quick advice for dental emergencies, before you come to us:
- Knocked-out teeth – Keep the tooth moist, try placing it back in the socket without touching the root if you can and if not, place it in milk or in your mouth between the cheek and the gums until you get to us.
- Cracked or chipped teeth – Rinse the mouth with warm water and use cold compresses on the face to keep down swelling.
For toothaches – Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area until you see us.
Remember to wear a mouthguard when participating in contact sports and avoid attempting to chew extremely hard foods such as popcorn kernels or hard candy as these can easily crack your teeth. Prevention is better than cure after all!
Is My Dentist Definitely The Best Option?
All too often, people visit the emergency room rather than scheduling a dental appointment when they suddenly discover oral pain. In the ER, there most probably will not be anyone with the specific qualifications to treat a dental emergency which can lead to problems further down the line. Up to 2010, the number of Americans visiting the ER for dental pain doubled to over 2 million, though this could have been prevented.
We fully understand how frustrating toothache or other dental pain can be. At All Smiles Family Dentistry though, we are fully experienced and fully qualified to deal with all types of dental emergency.