Dental emergencies can happen at any time, and they can be scary and painful. They also require specialized care that you can’t find in a typical hospital emergency room setting. If you find yourself facing one of these common oral health emergencies, give us a call right away:
- Broken or cracked tooth: A tooth can crack or break as a result biting down on something too hard, suffering a nasty fall, falling and hitting the tooth, being hit or struck in the mouth, or having a cavity that weakens the tooth. It may not hurt right away, but a broken or cracked tooth can cause underlying nerve damage and should be addressed by a dentist right away.
- Knocked out tooth: A tooth that’s come out of its socket is a common but serious emergency, and one that requires urgent dental care – if possible, within 30 minutes of injury. If you’ve knocked out your tooth, make sure to keep it moist and clean by rinsing with clean water. If you can’t reposition it in the socket, it needs to be preserved in an emergency tooth preservation kit or milk to prevent it from drying out.
- Severe toothaches: A toothache can be caused by a wide variety of issues, but is considered an emergency if the pain is severe, lasts for more than 1-2 days, or comes with a fever, earache, or other type of mouth, gum, or jaw pain.
These aren’t the only types of tooth emergencies you may experience. If you’re having any type of severe tooth pain, or aren’t sure if your oral care concern warrants an emergency visit, err on the side of caution and call our offices.
We reserve appointments specifically for dental emergencies, and are happy to accommodate you and your family.
Posted on behalf of Whispering Creek Dental