A dental emergency can be frightening, especially if it is with a child. Several questions come to mind: Should I go to the ER right away or wait until the dental office opens in the morning? How serious is the situation? Should I administer first aid? Does this qualify as a dental emergency? What if it’s a Friday? Should I wait till Monday?
While some dental emergencies with unbearable pain or bleeding need immediate attention, other mild cases can wait until business hours. If any damage or injury has affected more than just the mouth, visit the ER immediately. At One Health Dental, we are always ready for any dental emergencies.
Here are five of the most common dental emergencies, along with details on what to do if you or your child suffer from them.
A chipped, cracked, or broken tooth may be a dental emergency, depending on the severity of the case. If there is not too much pain or sensitivity, you may visit the dentist at your earliest convenience. A loose or dislodged tooth, on the other hand, certainly qualifies as a dental emergency and needs attention. Try to gently move the tooth back in place without putting too much force. A cold compress on the face could help relieve the pain and possible swelling.
In case of a fallen tooth, pick it up by the crown without touching the sensitive tooth, rinse and soak it in a glass of milk, and immediately bring it to the dental office. If there is no milk available, rinse it in water and keep it in the mouth until you reach the dentist’s office. If treated within 30 minutes to an hour, it may be possible to place the natural tooth back in its place.
The causes for toothache are many, including cavity, grinding, clenching, and abscess. Sometimes, food stuck between teeth may also cause pain. So, try to rinse your mouth with water and gently floss to eliminate any food debris lodged between teeth. If severe, consistent pain, or throbs with the heartbeat, see the dentist right away.
If your crown or filling came off, make the earliest possible appointment for the treatment.
Damage to braces needs attention as soon as possible. If any of the brackets come off completely, save them for the appointment so that they can be re-attached.
If any of your teeth are severely infected, or you have an abscess, schedule an appointment immediately. Do not ever pop an abscess.
If you face a dental emergency, do not worry or lose heart; call us at (214) 275-4808 and schedule an appointment with us, and we will ensure your smile is restored in no time!