Emergency Dental Care Q&A
What is emergency dental care?
Emergency dental care is a branch of dentistry focused on diagnosing and treating dental problems that require immediate attention.
If you seriously injure your teeth, gums, tongue, or surrounding tissues, it’s important to seek treatment right away. Waiting even a few hours could mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth or experiencing a serious infection.
In addition to preserving your teeth and smile, emergency dental care works to eliminate pain, swelling, and general discomfort.
What types of issues require emergency dental care?
At A&N Dental, Dr. Kheshtchin offers a full suite of emergency dental care services, including treatment for:
- Chipped teeth
- Broken teeth
- Knocked-out teeth
- Partially dislodged teeth
- Lost fillings
- Lost crowns
- Oral abscesses
Dr. Kheshtchin also offers emergency dental care for intraoral and extraoral lacerations caused by automobile accidents, sports-related injuries, and braces.
If I knock out a permanent tooth, what should I do?
If you knock out one or more of your permanent teeth, it’s important to act as quickly as possible. If you arrive at A&N dental within an hour of your accident, Dr. Kheshtchin may be able to save your tooth.
First, carefully pick up your knocked-out tooth by the crown and make sure to avoid touching the nerves or roots. Next, rinse your tooth off with cool tap water, clearing away any dirt, blood, or debris. After rinsing your tooth, try and place it back in the socket.
However, if your tooth won’t stay in place, you may need to place it in a glass of milk or tuck it inside of your cheek.
Finally, call Dr. Kheshtchin and explain the situation. She always makes room for same-day appointments and will get you in right away. She might also be able to provide you with tips to relieve your pain and prevent further damage.
Is there any way to avoid emergency dental care?
Dr. Kheshtchin hopes you never need emergency dental care, but accidents and injuries do happen. If you want to lower your risk of problems in the future, always wear proper protective equipment.
For example, if you play contact sports like hockey or football, or you enjoy skateboarding or mountain biking, always wear a mouthguard. If you grind or clench your teeth when you sleep, wear a night guard.
Practicing good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing also lowers your risk of developing a cavity or infection. Simple practices like these can make all the difference.
If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, call A&N Dental today or walk-in during normal business hours. You can also schedule an appointment online using this website.