May 2, 2021
If you’re like most people, you probably never expect a dental emergency to happen to you, but it’s quite common. Research shows 1 in 6 Americans has an oral health issue that requires urgent attention annually. As with any emergency, time is of the utmost importance; however, it’s normal to be concerned about the road ahead. Don’t let your uncertainties prevent you from getting the care you need. Although every situation is unique, here’s how the most common dental emergencies are handled, so you know exactly what to expect.
Contrary to what you might have heard, some knocked-out teeth can be saved if you act fast. Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse it with water before trying to reinsert it into its socket. If you’re not successful, place it in a cup of milk or water, and call your dentist. If the tooth can be successfully reinserted into the socket, your dentist will stabilize it to allow your mouth to heal. If your tooth can’t be saved, they will discuss your replacement options, like a dental implant.
It’s best to see a dentist quickly if you have a broken or chipped tooth, even if you aren’t in any discomfort. Your dentist will evaluate the severity of the injury to create a personalized treatment plan. Minor breaks and chips can often be treated with dental bonding. A composite resin material is customized to match your enamel to blend in when you smile. If the damage is significant, your dentist may recommend placing a crown over the tooth to restore its health, function, and appearance.
Although many people believe an occasional toothache is normal, it’s never a good sign. There can be several reasons for your discomfort, like an untreated cavity. A simple filling can be used to treat your tooth and stop your pain. If your discomfort is severe, your tooth may be infected. The only way to stop the infection is to perform a root canal. The inner layer of your tooth will be removed before it is sealed with a special material called gutta-percha. A crown will be placed over the tooth to give it an added layer of protection.
Broken Restoration or Prosthetic
If you lose a crown or your dentures break, leave the repairs to the professionals. Your dentist may be able to fix your restoration or prosthetic, so you can get on your way quickly. If the damage is extensive, you may need a replacement.
Call Your Dentist Right Away
Dental emergencies can be stressful, but your dentist is there to help. If you have any questions or concerns about an oral health issue you’re having, don’t hesitate to contact their office.
About Dr. Christopher Capehart
Dr. Capehart earned his dental degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center and has completed extensive training in many specialties. He strives to provide advanced services to help his patients achieve optimal oral health. If you need an emergency dentist, contact our office today.
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