There are a fewthat would constitute a dental emergency, including:
- Knocked-out tooth
- Broken tooth with jagged edges
- Lacerations in the mouth
- Injury with serious bleeding
- Persistent tooth pain that does not go away with over-the-counter pain relievers
If you encounter any of these situations, call our emergency dentists immediately. Otherwise, your dental injury might be able to wait until we can schedule a regular dental appointment.
What to Do in a Dental Emergency
The first thing to do in a dental emergency is to remain calm. How you react in the moment will help us resolve your situation. If you have lost part of a tooth or your dental restoration has fallen out, try to save the broken pieces and bring them into us.
If your entire tooth has fallen out, it’s important to see our emergency dentists as soon as possible to see if we can reattach it. The tooth should be kept moist in order to prevent it from drying out. If you can, try to keep the tooth in your mouth until you get to the dentist. If this isn’t possible, putting it in a glass of milk will have a similar effect.
If you’re encountering aor dental appliance but aren’t in pain, you might not have to rush into our office ASAP. Instead, you can purchase some dental wax at any drugstore to mold over the sharp areas of the break so that your mouth is protected.