Although a dental emergency may or may not happen to you, it’s important to know what to do if one does happen. However, you may not be aware of what constitutes a dental emergency. If this is the case, read on for the facts, as well as a few tips.
Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can result from an injury to the mouth while playing sports or while chewing on a popcorn kernel at a movie theatre. Cracked or broken teeth, lost permanent teeth, profuse oral bleeding, lost fillings or crowns, broken dentures, broken braces, and severe toothaches are all considered dental emergencies.
What to Do for a Dental Emergency
If any of these happen to you, don't panic! Contact our dental offce as soon as possible, even if you aren’t sure you have a dental emergency. We can confirm whether or not your problem is urgent and give you instructions on what to do.
Some dental emergencies are more urgent than others. A lost tooth, for example, must be reimplanted within 15-60 minutes after injury. If you lose a tooth, gently rinse it without rubbing it, keep it moist in a container of milk, and call us right away.
Another urgent dental emergency is an extreme toothache, particularly if it’s accompanied by a fever or facial swelling, since this could indicate advanced decay or an oral infection. We want to be notified right away if this is happening.
Cracked teeth or lost fillings are also important to fix, but less dire if you’re not experiencing pain. Applying temporary dental cement can prevent sensitivity until you're able to see us.
How to Help Prevent a Dental Emergency
Good oral health habits can help prevent many dental emergencies, so be sure to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, floss at least once a day, drink plenty of water, eat a balanced diet, and wear a well-fitting mouthguard when participating in physical activity that could involve contact with equipment, other people, or the ground.
Emergency Dental Care in Charlotte, NC
Regardless of your emergeny situation, call us so you can get answers for how to proceed. Not only will we give you specific instructions for what to do for your dental emergency, we will find time in our schedule to see you quickly. We always reserve time for patients with dental emergencies, so please do call as quickly as you can so we can prepare for your visit. Take care and we’ll see you soon!