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What to Do During a Dental Emergency

June 20, 2021 1:09 pm
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While dental emergencies aren’t at the top of anyone’s wishlist, they still can occur! Like any health emergency, it’s helpful to have a general idea of what to do if you ever have a dental injury.

The first step to dealing with any dental emergency is determining whether or not it is one. The next step is to contact your emergency dentist for an urgent appointment!

Here are some of the most common types of dental injuries that require immediate attention:

  1. Broken Tooth Restoration
  2. A broken or lost crown, bridge, or another restoration increases your risk of infection and can make it difficult to eat. See your dentist right away to repair or replace the restoration.

  3. Chipped or Cracked Tooth
  4. If your tooth cracks, chips, or breaks, bacteria can reach the inside of your tooth, called the pulp. The pulp is a sensitive bundle of nerves and blood vessels. Contact your dentist immediately to fix any damage. Quick action will minimize any lasting damage from the injury and allow your natural tooth to be preserved.

  5. Infected Gums
  6. A sore on your gums that won’t go away, pus, bleeding, and persistent bad breath can indicate a serious infection. Urgent treatment can prevent tooth loss, the spread of infection, and sepsis.

  7. Knocked-Out Tooth
  8. If a permanent tooth gets knocked out, safely get to your dentist as soon as possible! To prepare your tooth for transport, gently rinse off any pieces you can find. An intact tooth may be gently placed back into the socket. It can also be kept moist in a container of milk.

  9. Severe Toothache
  10. A toothache might be eased with flossing and a salt water rinse if it is caused by trapped food debris. Contact your dentist to evaluate a persistent and/or severe toothache, which could indicate tooth decay, infection, or damage.

Your Emergency Dentist in Dallas, TX

If you currently have a dental emergency in the Dallas area, call Buckner Terrace Dental right away. We leave room in our schedule to accommodate emergency visits. We never want patients to wait in pain for a scheduled appointment so we’ll make sure you get the treatment you need as soon as possible!

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