What’s a Dental Emergency?
If your teeth aren’t white enough for your taste, it’s not a dental emergency. Please schedule an appointment to discuss any cosmetic issues you want to address. If you take a bad fall and there is persistent bleeding or a damaged tooth, this is a dental emergency that we should address immediately. For the most part, we consider any type of damage, infection or severe pain an emergency. Listed below are some of the common types of dental emergencies we address.
Knocked-Out or Dislodged Tooth
If your teeth encounter a lot of force, it may dislodge or completely knock out your tooth. When this type of emergency happens, you need to see us immediately. If the tooth is knocked-out, start by finding the tooth. Once you find it, place it in a cup of milk, salt water, or saliva. You should also apply gauze or a towel to the socket to stop the bleeding. After about 30 minutes, it becomes less likely that we can place your tooth back in your mouth successfully. This is why it’s important to visit us as soon as possible.
If you suddenly experience a toothache, it might be from something becoming dislodged between your teeth. Rinse your mouth with water, brush and floss your teeth to see if it relieves your pain. If the toothache persists, try taking over the counter pain relievers to hold you over. If your pain gets worse or you also experience a fever or swelling, please contact us for assistance.
A dental abscess occurs along the gumline or at the tip of the tooth root and develops from infection either an untreated cavity, injury, dry mouth or high sugar diet. The abscess contains pus and is usually accompanied by symptoms such as fever, swelling, tooth sensitivity, and pain. If the abscess ruptures, you will taste foul salty liquid in your mouth and feel pain relief. If you have a dental abscess, It’s important to seek treatment immediately. The infection can spread to the rest of your body and cause lots of other problems.
Broken, Chipped, or Cracked Tooth
If you experience any trauma to your face, you will likely break, chip or crack a tooth. If a tooth becomes damaged more than a slight chip, you should contact us for help with your dental emergency. You may damage your tooth more than you can see with your naked eye. If you let the problem go, your tooth can get infected and suffer even more problems.
Damaged or Lost Restorations
Just like your regular teeth, you should also care if any of your restorations become damaged or lost. For instance, if you have a filling, dental veneer, crown, bridge, denture, inlay or onlay that suffers damage or even falls out, you should seek treatment from us. These restorations are supposed to make your teeth stronger and more functional. If they’re damaged they can’t help your teeth.
If you’re suffering from any type of dental emergency, please contact our Burkburnett dental office at your earliest convenience for our assistance. We are happy to instruct you on how to handle your emergency or advise you to visit us at our office if needed. Please call (940) 569-4901.