Most of us know what to do when we get a cut or a bruise. Unfortunately, as soon as teeth are involved, we are often at a loss. How do we treat it? Is it an emergency, or can it wait? Will I need a major procedure to get it fixed, or is it just something small and easy?
Gastonia Dental Group isn’t just here to fix your teeth when they need it. We want you to be comfortable with your own mouth and knowledgeable in how to take care of it. To that end, we’ve provided some quick tips here, to help you through the stress of a dental emergency. You’ll be able to make confident decisions about your care, keeping your teeth and gums healthy and safe. Call our office as soon as possible to determine how to move forward.
Never handle a tooth by its root. Whether it’s broken, loose, or has fallen out entirely, try to limit any contact to the crown—which is to say, the visible chewing surface—of the tooth.
Any tooth that has come loose needs to be kept moist. If possible, do this by replacing the tooth in the empty socket until you’re able to get to the dental office. If that is not possible, keep it in a cup or bag surrounded by liquid.
Milk is the best liquid for preserving a loose tooth. The reason for this is that the fluid pressure of the milk is very similar to that inside a tooth’s cells. It will therefore cause less swelling.
If the tooth has been severely broken or come out entirely, try to get into a dental office as soon as possible. The quicker we can get to it, the more likely we are to be able to make repairs without complication.
If your tooth has been chipped or cracked, it may be difficult to decide whether it merits an emergency trip to the dentist. Ask yourself these questions:
How deep is the break?
If it seems very deep, or is cracked close to/on the root, it may be severe. However, if the breakage is shallow, or only along the outer edges, it’s not likely to be problematic.
Do you feel pain?
If yes, contact the dental office right away. If no, the chances are that your damage is very minor.
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A tooth that has come partially or completely loose merits a dental visit as soon as possible. On the other hand, a very shallow break or chip with no pain is typically not an emergency. Waiting a few days for an appointment will likely not change the care you need.
Don’t wait too long, though. Once the outer surface of the tooth is compromised, temperature changes, bacteria, and particles can affect the sensitive insides of the tooth structure. Give us a call today in order to get the care your injured teeth deserve.