No one wants a dental emergency, however, they do occur. There are many types of dental emergencies that we treat.
Some of these include:
Severe and long-lasting toothaches,
Chipped or Broken Teeth,
Damage to the soft tissues of the mouth,
Cracked or Fractured teeth,
Partially Knocked-Out Tooth,
Call Great Smiles at (972) 295-9631 .
A knocked-out tooth is a dental emergency that requires urgent attention. Emergency steps should be taken immediately after the tooth has been knocked out. The longer you wait to re-implant the tooth in its socket, the less chance you have of the tooth “taking” and remaining viable.
Loose Tooth, Tooth Out of Alignment
If you have a tooth that is loose or out of alignment, you should call Great Smiles for an emergency appointment right away. In the meantime, you can try to put the tooth back in its original position using your finger with very light pressure. Do not try and force it. You can bite down to keep the tooth from moving.
Chipped, Cracked or Fractured Teeth
A cracked or fractured tooth is a serious issue constituting a dental emergency. If a tooth is chipped and doesn’t hurt, this usually does not constitute a dental emergency and you can wait a few days to see a dentist. Fractured or cracked teeth usually suggest that damage has occurred to the inside of the tooth as well as to the outside. Severe fractures are so extreme that the tooth cannot be saved. If you suffer a fractured tooth, call Great Smiles immediately for an emergency appointment and follow these steps:
Tissue Injury and Facial Pain
Any type of injury inside the mouth, such as puncture wounds, lacerations, and tears to the lips, cheeks, mouth, and tongue, are considered tissue injuries and a dental emergency. If you experience any type of tissue injury, it is important to clean the area immediately with warm water. You should get to an oral surgeon or nearby hospital emergency room as quickly as possible. Never take aspirin or ibuprofen for a dental emergency because they are anticoagulants, which can cause excessive bleeding.
If you are not sure whether or not you are having a true dental emergency, answer the following questions:
Are you bleeding from the mouth?
Are you in severe pain?
Do you have any loose teeth?
Have you been hit in the face or mouth?
Do you have any swelling in the mouth or facial area?
Do you have any bulges, swelling, or knots on your gums?
If you experience pain in a tooth when biting down, it might indicate an abscess. This is an emergency and you should call Great Smiles and schedule a consultation.If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be having a dental emergency and should call Great Smiles immediately. It’s important to describe to your dentist exactly what has happened and what you are feeling.
If you have experienced trauma to your head or neck, we recommend that you visit the emergency room before coming to see us.
For more information about dental emergency or to schedule an appointment, fill out an appointment form or contact us today at (972) 442-6879