WHAT IS EMERGENCY DENTAL CARE?
Accidents happen, and knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Emergency dentistry covers a variety of urgent dental health issues and accidents. If you have suffered a recent or sudden injury in the mouth, you may be in need of emergency dental services. A dentist can better treat the effects of a broken tooth or injured mouth than a regular doctor, who is not specialized in treating the dental area in specific.
Here are some tips for common dental emergencies:
- For a knocked-out permanent or adult tooth, keep it moist at all times. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If that’s not possible, place it in between your cheek and gums, in milk, or use a tooth preservation product that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Then, get to your dentist’s office right away.
- For a cracked tooth, immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area. Put cold compresses on the face to keep any swelling down.
- If you bite your tongue or lip, clean the area gently with water and apply a cold compress.
- For toothaches, rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between the teeth. Do not put aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues.
- For objects stuck in the mouth, try to gently remove with floss but do not try to remove it with sharp or pointed instruments.
WHY DO YOU NEED A DENTIST THAT PROVIDES EMERGENCY DENTAL?
Only a dentist can perform dentistry. This one seems like a no-brainer, but many people don't realize that in most states it is illegal for anyone other than a dentist to pull a tooth, fill a cavity, or perform any restorative dental care. Finding an emergency room with a dentist on staff or on call is extremely rare.
When you have a dental emergency, it's very important that you get care as \ quickly as possible. At Green Spring Dental Care, we are equipped with the most high-tech equipment available in the area, working to treat you in a faster and more efficient way. When you are experiencing a dental emergency, your care becomes our top priority and same-day appointments are available.
You may be in need of emergency dentistry if you have experienced one or more of the following sudden injuries:
- Your teeth have been knocked out or avulsed
- Your teeth were loosened or bent out of position
- Your teeth were fractured or extruded
- Your gums, teeth, or lips have been cut by your teeth or by the source of injury
- You are experiencing other painful oral injuries
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF EMERGENCY DENTAL
However, if you feel that your emergency is life-threatening or experience bleeding that doesn’t stop, contact 911 immediately or visit your nearest emergency room. The advantages of emergency dental care are:
- Quickly resolve severe tooth pain
- You won't have to wait several days or weeks to be treated if you have an immediate dental emergency
- If you have a broken or damaged tooth, we quickly address your dental issues, and increase the chance of saving the tooth