‘Dental emergencies’ is an umbrella term that encompasses injuries to the mouth which affect the teeth and supporting structures and tissues. It also includes sudden toothaches which can be caused by damaged nerves or acute infections. Though a dental emergency may not always involve pain, most of the time, opting not to seek emergency dental care can lead to worse issues such as tooth loss.
When to Seek Emergency Dental Care
Some oral injuries require immediate treatment while others can wait until your dentist’s normal office hours. At Grand View Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we urge you to contact us right away for the following common dental emergencies:
- Knocked out (avulsed) tooth – The sooner a knocked out tooth is reimplanted, the higher its chances of settling back into the gum.
- Loose tooth – If your tooth is loose or out of alignment, contact our practice to schedule an emergency appointment immediately to assess and fix the issue.
- Broken tooth – Chips and fractures to the tooth can affect the nerves and pulp. This is why they should be treated as soon as possible.
- Toothache – If the pain is severe and long-lasting, contact our dental team right away.
If you have lost a filling, a broken brace wire, cuts or bites to your tongue or cheek, or damaged dental bridges, crowns or veneers, call 920-996-0123 so that we can schedule an emergency appointment and have you in to our office as soon as possible.
How YOU Should Handle a Dental Emergency
If you or a member of your family suffer an injury to the face or jaw, you should know how to react until you are able to get in to our office at 381 South Kools Street, Appleton. Here are a few suggestions from Dr. Stephen Moore, DDS, and our team of specialists.
- Keep a knocked out tooth moist at all times. If you cannot put it back in the socket, without touching the root, place it between your cheek and gum or in a glass of milk.
- If your tooth cracks, rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Reduce swelling by placing a cold compress on your face.
- If you bite your tongue or lip, clean the area with water and apply a cold compress. Do not delay visiting a dentist if the site is bleeding excessively and non-stop.
- For a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm salt or baking soda water. Remove any food particles stuck between your teeth using dental floss.
- If you believe your jaw is broken, apply a cold compress to control the swelling and keep your jaw as immobile as possible.
Recommendations to Prevent Dental Emergencies
At Grand View Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we believe that prevention is always better than a cure, which is why we educate our patients to avoid dental emergencies in the first place. Some ways you too can prevent many emergencies include:
- Wearing protective mouth guards, especially while playing sports
- Avoiding chewing on hard objects such as ice or pencils
- Avoiding tearing things open with your teeth
- Practicing good oral hygiene
- Visiting a dentist regularly for cleanings and evaluations
If you need emergency dentistry service and want to prevent further injury to your teeth and mouth, schedule an appointment by calling us at 920-996-0123. You can also head to 381 South Kools Street, Appleton, WI 54914, if you are nearby during office hours so that we can tend to your emergency promptly.