Dental emergencies usually refer to a broken or lost tooth, a higher risk of losing a tooth, or severe pain. When there’s an injury involving a fall or direct blow to the mouth, it can dislodge or break a tooth. There are some instances where the tooth will be knocked completely out of the mouth. Dental emergencies should be treated immediately after the injury occurs to save the tooth. Also, if left untreated for too long, infection from lacerations or injury to the gums can occur.
If you’re injured and a permanent tooth is dislodged, you should take immediate action to get it treated. It’s important to keep the tooth moist at all times so that the dentist is better able to reattach it. If possible, gently press the tooth back in the socket but don’t touch the root. You can also hold the tooth in between your cheek and gum, or place it in a cup of milk. The American Dental Association has also approved a tooth preservation solution where you can store the tooth for transport.
If a tooth has been chipped or cracked, and remains in the mouth, it’s considered an emergency and should be attended to immediately to prevent further damage, a complete break, or possible decay or infection. Severe toothaches should also be treated as emergencies. If the source of the severe pain is an abscess, it will need immediate attention. If you have a lacerated tongue, and the bleeding is substantial or won’t stop, you should seek treatment. You can also rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area, and use cold compresses to help keep down pain and swelling, before you’re attended to.
Treatment for dental emergencies will depend on the type of emergency you’re experiencing. An example would be if you have an abscess, antibiotics might be prescribed to reduce the chance of infection after it’s drained. For a broken tooth, a temporary cap or crown can be used. The dentists at Tatowa Dental will assess the situation and make a determination based on the results.
At Totowa Dental Center, we strive to make every service achievable and affordable for all patients. We only accept PPO plans. Along with our accepted insurance, Totowa Dental Center accepts Care Credit and Lending Club. For more information about our insurance policies or payment methods, please call our office.
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