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Dental emergencies can happen when least expected. If you have a situation where your teeth or gums have suffered damage, you should immediately seek emergency dental care. Knowing what to do can make the difference between losing and saving a tooth!
Is It a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is a situation requiring immediate care to relieve pain, to save a tooth, or to stop bleeding. The most common types of dental emergencies are cracked, chipped or fractured teeth, knocked out teeth, dislodged or partially knocked out teeth, severe toothache, swelling from an infection or an abscess, an injury to the soft tissue including the gums, cheeks, tongue, and lips, or losing a dental restoration.
What Should You Do?
If you suspect you have suffered a dental emergency, contact us immediately. We will provide you with instructions on how to handle your emergency situation until you receive the care you need.
If you have a toothache, begin by rinsing your mouth and using dental floss to see if there is any object lodged between your teeth. Apply ice to reduce any swelling. Never place aspirin or any painkiller against your gums or an aching tooth.
You will need to protect any broken or chipped teeth from additional damage. Save any pieces of the tooth. Gently rinse your mouth and apply gauze if there is any bleeding. If your entire tooth is knocked out, pick it up carefully by the crown and avoid touching the roots. If possible, try to return it to its socket without forcing it in. If that doesn’t work, store the tooth in milk until you can see us.
In the event you bite your tongue or lip, clean the area gently with a cloth then apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If the bleeding is severe and will not stop, go to a hospital emergency room immediately.
You Are in Capable Hands
Contact us at SpringLove Dentistry to learn more about dental emergencies and how to ensure the best outcomes. While we hope you never require emergency care, we want you to know that we are here for you in the event you do. You can count on us!
Your teeth are meant to last your lifetime. There may be times, though, when extracting a tooth is the best option for your oral health. We strive to save a tooth and will exhaust any option before we resort to extraction. Our goal is to keep your mouth healthy for years to come!
When Is an Extraction Your Best Option?
Wisdom teeth come in last, which means that in many cases there is not enough space left in the jaw for your new set of molars. At times they come out at the wrong angle, causing damage to the neighboring teeth, or are impacted, meaning they are trapped in your jawbone or gums. Being so far in the back of your mouth, you may find it hard to clean your wisdom teeth properly, often resulting in cavities or gum disease. We usually opt to remove wisdom teeth when they begin to cause problems.
Some common reasons for tooth extractions are advanced periodontal disease, severe tooth decay, teeth broken and damaged beyond repair, and poorly positioned teeth. You may have a tooth severely infected to the point that a root canal or any other treatment option cannot save it. We sometimes need to extract teeth for orthodontic treatments. If your mouth is overcrowded, we may need to remove a tooth to make room for any required alignment.
What Should You Expect?
Most extractions are done at our office with little to no discomfort under local anesthesia, IV or oral sedation depending on your needs. After tooth removal, we will monitor you and provide you with post-operative instructions. We will prescribe pain medications for use as needed for the few days following the procedure.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Contact us today at SpringLove Dentistry to learn more about tooth extractions and all the dental services we offer. Our highly experienced and qualified team is dedicated to delivering quality, compassionate care. We are all about helping you maintain a healthy, happy smile for years to come!