A dental emergency includes injury or trauma to your mouth, including the teeth, gums, tongue, and jawbone. The most common dental emergency we see in our office is a lost or broken tooth.
Some common dental emergencies include:
- Loosened adult teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Cuts, lacerations, or puncture wounds to the soft tissues of the mouth
- Teeth being knocked out
- Fractured or broken jawbone
- Teeth that have been forced back into the jawbone
There are many causes of dental emergencies, such as vehicle accidents, chewing on hard food, falling down, fistfights, and contact sports, among others. Any time you believe you have a dental emergency, it’s important to get dental care right away.
If a dental injury results in the loss of a permanent tooth, a broken tooth, or pain, you should contact our office as quickly as possible. Dr. Bahar Esmaili will conduct an examination and use X-rays to determine the extent of the damage and what needs to be done.
What To Do In The Event Of a Dental Emergency
Below are some different ways you can administer treatment in the event of a dental injury:
- Broken tooth – The first thing you should do after a tooth has been broken is to rinse the area with warm water and cover it with a cold compress, which will minimize swelling. Save any pieces of the broken tooth to bring with you to our office and call us immediately.
- Tooth loss – When a permanent tooth falls out, we may be able to re-implant the tooth but only if it’s handled correctly. Pick up the tooth (by the crown only, never by its roots), and re-insert it into the socket it fell from. Hold the tooth in place until you can get to your appointment. If it’s not possible to re-insert the tooth, place it in a cup of milk and don’t allow it to dry out.
- Soft tissue injury – If you are bleeding, apply direct pressure to the wound with a clean cloth or gauze. Apply a cold compress to the area to minimize any swelling and take over-the-counter painkillers to control pain. If the laceration looks deep or doesn’t stop bleeding, it may require stitches.
Depending on the type of dental injury you sustain, you may be prescribed an antibiotic to avoid infection. For more information, or to schedule an emergency appointment at PeakView Dentistry, please don’t hesitate to call us immediately.