Nothing ruins summer fun like a dental emergency. While you may not be able to prevent all emergencies, preparing beforehand can help you know how to react when it counts. Today, our team has put together the following information on several common dental emergencies to help you determine your next steps. If you’re ever in doubt, our team is just a phone call away!
- Severe Pain
- Tooth Knocked Out
- Chipped Tooth
If you begin experiencing severe pain in your teeth or gums, call our office immediately. This may be a sign that you have an advanced infection or some other serious condition. We strive to see dental emergencies on the same day so that you get the treatment and relief you need.
Summer weather generally means an increase in outdoor activity. Whether you’re into beach volleyball, long bike rides, or swimming at your local pool, mishaps can always occur. If you have a tooth knocked out, your first step should be to take a deep breath and not panic, because we can often save the tooth! If you can, gently place your lost tooth back in its socket while you await treatment. If it won’t fit, you can place it between your gums and cheek. In a pinch, you can even put your tooth in a glass of milk while you seek treatment.
Chipped teeth can vary in severity. If it’s a minor chip, you may be able to wait several days before seeking treatment. If it’s a major chip accompanied by a crack causing sensitivity or if the chipped tooth is cutting you, however, you’ll want to see our team as soon as possible. With restorative treatment, your chipped tooth will look as good as new.
To ask our team any questions about dental emergencies or to schedule your next visit, contact our office.