A good majority of dental emergencies are preventable. Regular dental checkups in addition to a good home care routine will go a long way towards preventing decay- many dental emergencies are due to toothaches caused by deep decay.
However, even if a patient meticulously cares for their teeth, dental traumas and accidents can occur which will require emergency dental care. If you find yourself or a loved one in the midst of a dental emergency don’t panic. Stay calm and take the appropriate steps as listed below for the best shot at saving your tooth.
Broken, chipped or cracked tooth
If you find yourself with a damaged tooth the best thing to do is come in for an emergency dental visit as soon as possible. If it’s a small crack you’ll likely need a filling or a crown. A sharp edge left when the tooth fractures can be irritating to the tongue or cheek; your dentist likely will smooth the rough edges before deciding on the best restorative options for the broken tooth.If the tooth is severely damaged it may need to be extracted. In this case you will need a dental implant to replace the lost tooth. In any case, its best to come in sooner rather than later.
Tooth knocked out
If a tooth is completely knocked it can be a traumatic situation. Do your best to stay calm and try to find the lost tooth. Place it in a glass of milk and schedule an emergency dental visit for that same day if possible. If your mouth is bleeding try holding a sterile gauze in the space where the tooth used to be. Also, if the tooth isn’t totally avulsed, try to push it back into place, bite on some tissue and call for a dental appointment.
A bad toothache
A toothache that is contrast and accompanied by swollen cheeks, sensitivity to hot and cold or fever could indicate an infected or abscessed tooth. If you have any of these symptoms don’t delay seeking dental care. You may need antibiotics, a root canal or extraction. The infection won’t get better on its own and could lead to severe complications if left untreated.
At Focus on Smiles we understand that dental emergencies can happen at any time. For this reason we welcome emergency patients and offer same day appointments. If you think you may be experiencing a dental emergency please do not hesitate to contact our downtown Edmonton office.