No one is ever quite prepared for a dental emergency. Often, dental emergencies occur when you very least expect it. Most people do not have the understanding of how to react during dental emergency situations. However, you need to know how to properly respond because time is of the highest importance. The sooner you receive care, the more likely the tooth can be saved from extraction or a less invasive treatment will be needed. As an emergency dentist in Burlington, Complete Dental Care wants to make dental emergencies just a little bit easier with the information you need to react accordingly.
Knocked Out or Dislodged Tooth
Having a tooth knocked out or dislodged is one of the most common and frightening dental emergencies. When trauma to the mouth occurs, a tooth can become knocked out of its socket or pushed out of its proper position. If you have had a tooth fully knocked out, you need to act quickly. In some cases, if you receive immediate care, we can reinsert the tooth, allowing it to survive.
If your tooth has been knocked out, hold the tooth by the crown and rinse it with water. Do not scrub the tooth, use any cleaners, or dry the tooth. If possible, reinsert the tooth back into the socket. If that is not possible, place the tooth in a cup of milk and head to our office right away.
With a dislodged tooth, you can try to push the tooth back into its proper position, but do not use too much force. If you can successfully correct the position of the tooth, bite on a piece of gauze to prevent it from moving while you head to our office.
It is not uncommon to have a tooth break, whether to trauma or a weakened tooth has finally given way. No matter the reason, you need to rinse your mouth with water and then apply ice to the outside of the mouth to help reduce swelling. Then, contact our office so we can make an appointment to have the tooth repaired.
A dental abscess is an infection that can go unnoticed until it has progressed in severity, causing significant pain. In some cases, you may see a pimple-like bump appear on the gum. However, it is quite common to feel extreme pain. If you have a severe toothache or suspect the tooth is infected, you need immediate care to prevent the infection from spreading. With the right care, we can stop the infection and treat any damage to protect the health and integrity of the tooth.
Your Dentist During Emergencies
When a dental emergency happens, the situation is quite frightening and stressful. Complete Dental Care strives to make the emergency just a little bit easier with the fast, comfortable care you need. We are able to respond to dental emergencies during regular office hours, 6 days a week. However, since emergencies can happen at any time, our emergency services will help you even when we are closed.
If you need emergency dental care, do not wait. Contact our office right away.