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What Dental Emergency Are You Dealing With?
We treat all dental emergencies. Read the descriptions below & use the information to take proactive measures while you wait for help. If you need immediate help, please CALL us right away. If you can wait until the next business day, click the button above to fill out our form.
#1 - You Broke Or Chipped A Tooth
This is easily one of the most painful emergencies. You're going to want to call the dentist as soon as possible. Meanwhile, rinse out your mouth with warm water, and try to keep the tooth if possible. Also, try to put an ice-pack on it in transit to the dental office.
#2 - You Knocked A Tooth Loose
So your tooth is loose, but it didn't get knocked out completely. That's good news. The dentist may be able to save your tooth. Take some over the counter painkillers, put some ice on it, and get to the dentist as soon as possible.
The sooner you get to the dental office, the higher chance your tooth will be saved successfully.
#3 - Broke Or Lost Your Crown Or Filling
Oh boy, this is not fun. Hopefully, you didn't swallow it on accident. If you did, don’t worry you're not going to die. Try to keep the crown or filling if you still have it and bring it with you to the dentist.
Your tooth is going to be very sensitive to almost any sensation of things going into your mouth. That includes air. You can use clove oil to try to soothe the sensitivity as well as get some dental cement from a local drug store. But your best best is to get to the dentist as soon as you can because you're likely in pain.
#4 - Sudden Painful Toothache
Toothaches can be the symptom of a lot of different issues. There is no way to correctly self-identify what the cause is by yourself. The best thing to do is start with rinsing out your mouth with some warm water. Then try to gently floss around the tooth to make sure no food is hanging out around there. If it persists, you're going to need to take a trip to the dentist. An x-ray should help identify the underlying cause.
#5 - Something Is Lodged Between Your Teeth
When something gets stuck between your teeth, it can become rather painful and could lead to infection. It's got to come out pronto. Risk of cavities or infection increases significantly after the first 72 hours. Try to get it out with some floss. If that hurts too much, you could also try something like Soft Picks for a gentler approach. If all else fails, you’re going to want to call the dentist.
#6 - Sudden Swelling In Your Mouth
This could happen for a number of reasons, but is potentially very serious and could lead to death. You may have an abscessed tooth. Abscessed teeth are no joke. The infection can spread quickly, and since your mouth is in your head where your brain resides, you're playing with fire if you let this one go.
People in the U.S. have died within days of neglecting an abscess. DO NOT procrastinate on this. here's really nothing you can do other than getting to the dentist as soon as possible.
#7 - You Broke Your Braces
Braces have a lot of moving parts. Sometimes those moving parts break. This is rare, but it can happen. First, if they break, call your orthodontist asap and book an appointment.
If a wire breaks, you'll want to get it somewhere where it isn't poking you. It may take a few hours before you can see the dentist and you don't want to be stabbing yourself while you wait. If there's no way of moving it to a place that isn't hurting, use some orthodontic wax to cover it until you can get to the orthodontist.
If it's a band that loosens, salvage it and set up an appointment with your orthodontist to have it replaced or re-cemented.
#8 - You Bit Your Tongue Or Cheek
This happens all the time when you're eating, chewing gum, or just not paying attention. Most of the time it's not too much of an issue, but there can be circumstances that make it more traumatic. If the bit wound is deep enough, you may need dissolvable stitches to heal the site. In that case, the first step is to try and stop the bleeding. Rinse your mouth with some saltwater, then use a piece of gauze to put pressure on the wound.
If you can't stop the bleeding and your dentist is unavailable, go to the ER. They may need to take a look at it.
#9 - Injured Your Jaw
A broken jaw is no fun. Basically, there's nothing you can do for this other than take some over the counter painkillers and put some ice on it until you can get to the ER. You will likely need a maxillofacial surgeon for this and an surgery as soon as possible.
#10 - Wisdom Teeth Become Inflamed
Wisdom teeth are notoriously painful. They seem to come whenever they please, and when they do, they can easily wreak havoc. Pericoronitis is an infection that can occur when your wisdom teeth don’t come in properly. The risk of this spreading is too high to neglect.
If you get it, you'll know because of your irritated gums in that area, as well as possible bad breath. You'll likely feel a painful pressure in your wisdom teeth area also. See a dentist as soon as possible to get this resolved.