Almost every American will experience a dental emergency at least once in their lives—they can strike at any time.
Maybe during a long-planned vacation, or right before a big interview. No matter the circumstances, you will most likely want professional help and treatment. It's essential to get to your Chesterfield, MO dentist as soon as you can after an emergency.
Common Dental Emergencies That Can Happen to Anyone
Here are the four most common dental emergencies and how you can handle each situation:
- Knocked-Out Tooth—If you've accidentally knocked your tooth out its socket, we may be able to reattach it. Timing is essential; we try to see patients within 30 minutes of their injury. It's also important that patients try to keep the tooth safe so that it is viable. Don't let the root dry out and handle it by the head and not the tips. Rinse the tooth off with water or milk and keep it safe in your mouth or a container of milk. Apply a cold compress to the site for 20 minutes at a time to help with swelling.
- Broken Tooth—If you believe your tooth is cracked or broken, let us know right away. We want to prevent infection or decay from entering the tooth. An ice pack can help reduce swelling until you can come in to see us.
- Dental Crown or Filling Is Loose or Fallen Out—If you notice that your dental crown or filling is coming loose, try to hold it before you accidentally swallow it. Dr. Scott Mahlin and his dental team will want to see you as soon as possible to restore the dental crown and filling.
- Infection—Oral infections can cause a lot of pain in your teeth and gums, and if left untreated, they can spread to other teeth. If you notice an unusual pain in your tooth or surrounding gum tissue, call us at Clarkson Dental Group immediately so we can schedule you. It's important that you don't try to treat the infection yourself with suggestions from the internet, not all homeopathic ingredients will address the infection, and some may make things a lot worse.
These are just a few common accidents and emergencies that can happen to anyone. There are some actions you can take to prevent emergencies as much as you can:
- Avoid foods that stick to or between your teeth, like as popcorn and caramel
- If you play sports, consider a sports guard or mouthguard
- Brush and floss daily
- Maintain regular dental cleanings and exams
Call to Schedule Your Next Dental Cleaning
We can help treat your oral health and prevent avoidable dental emergencies. Call Clarkson Dental Group today to schedule your next appointment.