Dental Emergencies And Tips To Handle Them

Nobody wants to have a dental emergency. But accidents happen, so it’s important to know what to do if you or one of your family members has a serious dental issue. In this blog from Cardinal Family Dentistry, we’ll discuss what you need to do to handle the most common dental emergencies. Read on and learn everything you need to know.

Knocked-Out (Avulsed) Teeth

A knocked-out permanent tooth is a very serious emergency, and you need to get treatment from Dr. Sarah S. Barker at Cardinal Family Dentistry within 1-2 hours to save the tooth, so call us right away at (919) 589-5001 to let us know about the situation, and come in ASAP for a same-day appointment.

Before you come in, you’ll need to recover your tooth and keep it moist at all times. You can do this by replacing it back in the socket. You can also put it between your cheek and gums, or store it in a container of cold milk to keep it moist. To avoid damaging the tooth further, touch only the top (crown) of the tooth, not the root. 

Come to our office as soon as you can, and don’t bother treating pain or discomfort on your own. You need immediate care to treat a knocked-out tooth.

Cracked, Chipped Or Damaged Teeth

First, you should rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Then, call the team at Cardinal Family Dentistry to schedule a same-day appointment. You may need a dental crown or a root canal to repair your tooth, depending on the extent of the damage. If you don’t get help right away, your tooth could become infected. 

If necessary, you can use clean gauze to absorb blood, and use a cold compress or ice pack to help with pain and swelling. Over-the-counter medicine like Tylenol can also help with pain and inflammation until you can come to our office for your same-day appointment with Dr. Barker.

Serious Toothache

A minor toothache could be caused by a stuck piece of food or other object. Rinse your mouth with warm water and use dental floss to remove any food debris.

If you have a toothache that lasts more than 1-2 days, it’s possible that your tooth is infected. You will need to call Cardinal Family Dentistry for a same-day appointment. You may need root canal therapy to restore your tooth, and prevent further pain and discomfort. 

Damaged Or Lost Filling/Crown 

A damaged or lost filling, crown, or other piece of dental work is a serious emergency. Call Cardinal Family Dentistry right away to get a same-day appointment, then recover your dental work and put it in a plastic bag, and bring it to your appointment with you. 

Objects Stuck Between Teeth

If you have an object or piece of food stuck between your teeth, you can try to remove it with floss. But if this doesn’t work, you should call us for an appointment. Never try to remove stuck food with sharp or pointed instruments. This could cause further damage to the tooth or even an oral infection. Get help from a professional like Dr. Sarah S. Barker right away.

Got A Dental Emergency- See A Dentist, Don't Go To The ER! 

Even the most serious dental emergencies do not require a trip to the emergency room. The best way to get help is to schedule an appointment with an experienced emergency dentist in Apex, such as Dr. Sarah S. Barker. Need help right away? Contact us now at (919) 589-5001 to schedule a same-day visit. 

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