Dental emergencies can be alarming, but timely and appropriate care can make all the difference. Here's what you need to know.
What constitutes a dental emergency?
A dental emergency is any situation that requires immediate attention to save a tooth, alleviate severe pain, or treat a severe oral infection. Common emergencies include:
- Broken or cracked teeth
- Severe toothache or pain
- Knocked-out tooth
- Swelling or abscess in the mouth
- Lost dental filling or crown
What should I do in the event of a dental emergency?
First, remain calm. If you've knocked out a tooth, try to place it back in its socket or store it in milk. For severe pain or swelling, cold compresses can offer temporary relief. Avoid taking any over-the-counter painkillers without consulting us. Most importantly, contact us immediately for guidance and to schedule an emergency visit.
How can I prevent dental emergencies?
While not all dental emergencies can be prevented, regular dental check-ups and cleanings, wearing mouthguards during sports, and avoiding hard foods that can crack teeth can reduce the risk.
Why is it crucial to address dental emergencies promptly?
Immediate attention can prevent further complications, reduce the risk of infection, and in some cases, save a tooth from extraction. Delays can lead to more extensive and costly treatments, such as root canals or dental implants, in the future.