An emergency means you need to be treated now. Failing to treat a dental emergency could lead to a permanently broken tooth, a need for an implant or dentures, or even death. That’s why it’s important to get a same-day emergency appointment when you’re facing broken teeth, severe tooth pain, or any other critical abnormality with your mouth.
Types of Dental Emergencies
There are many common types of mouth injuries, such as fractured, broken, or knocked-out teeth. These can be caused by anything from biting into food that’s too hard to suffering an unfortunate fall. Minor injuries can often wait, but if the fracture is severe, a large chunk of tooth is missing, a nerve is damaged, or the tooth is knocked out completely, you need to seek help right away.
Broken, Fractured, or Missing Teeth
When a tooth cracks or breaks, it can often be saved with quick action, but it cannot be treated at home. Some tooth breaks can cause exposed nerves, putting you in serious pain. But even if you don’t feel pain, you still need to see a dentist as soon as possible. In the interim, rinse your mouth with warm water and apply gauze to any bleeding areas until the bleeding stops.
You can also use a cold pack on your cheeks or lips, covering the injured tooth to reduce swelling and lessen the pain. If your tooth was completely knocked out, try to keep it moist at all times by placing it in a milk, saline, or saliva solution until you’re able to get to our office.
Periodontal or Gum Disease
Gingivitis and periodontitis are the most common gum diseases. While gingivitis inflames the gums where they meet the teeth, periodontitis expands to the tooth’s bone and tissues. These can be staved off with routine brushing and flossing, but if left untreated, the bacteria created by the disease can spread to the blood and affect other parts of the body.
Severe Tooth Pain
Severe tooth pain can be caused by a variety of factors, some of which can be very serious. This can be an indicator of gum disease or a severe abscess. In these cases, it’s best to play it on the safe side. A toothache this severe often requires root canal therapy to clean out the infection. Sometimes, however, the tooth may be too far gone to save. In these cases, we perform an extraction to relieve the pain, and then we can discuss the dental implant that’s right for you.
Same-Day Emergency Appointments
A severe dental injury can occur at any time, which is why we’re available to help. We provide same-day emergency appointments so you can get treatment right when you need it. Acting quickly can mean the difference between a simple tooth replantation and needing an implant.
Emergency dentistry is available during office hours only.