It happens when you least expect it – your crown falls off while on vacation, you trip and crack a tooth on your lunch break, or you wake up in the middle of the night with a throbbing toothache. Dental emergencies always seem to happen at the most inopportune moments, but as an emergency dentist, iDental Group understands, and is here to provide you with much needed relief. Our emergency care team is always on call and will try to accommodate you on the same day for immediate relief. At all iDental Group offices, we take dental emergencies very seriously.
A tooth can chip or break for several reasons. You may have bit down on something hard, fell down, got hit or knocked in the mouth, or simply just have a weak tooth. Sometimes, we don’t even feel the tooth break, but later feel the rough edges in your mouth with the tongue.
If you cannot get to the dentist right away, iDental recommends rinsing the mouth with warm water and applying gauze to the affected area if there is any blood. To relieve pain, go to the store and purchase an over-the-counter painkiller and ice pack to reduce swelling. Make an appointment to be seen as soon as possible.
KNOCKED OUT TOOTH
A knocked-out tooth is a serious dental emergency. After a tooth has been knocked out, its surrounding areas—the nerves, blood vessels, and tissues—are all damaged and at risk. If you are unable to get to an emergency dentist right away, here’s what you should do:
- Do not touch the root of the tooth, as it is very vulnerable to damage right now.
- Rinse the (dirty) tooth with milk and refrain from wiping it down.
- Keep the tooth moist in a cup of milk, in the cheek of the mouth, or a cup of water as a last resort.
- Try to get same day emergency dental care so the tooth can be saved.
Toothaches are fairly common and almost never go away by themselves. Instead, they get worse over time and need care from an emergency dentist. When you are experiencing a toothache, remember there is always an underlying reason to your pain. This may be due to tooth decay, gum disease, or an infected tooth. Until you can come see us, try an over-the-counter pain reliever and make an appointment as soon as possible.
If your full or partial dentures do not feel comfortable, they may need to be adjusted, relined or rebased. At iDental Group, our dentists are happy to make any necessary adjustments to your full or partial dentures to get you feeling comfortable again.
If you think you are experiencing a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to call iDental Group right away!