No emergency occurs at a good time, and dental emergencies are no exception. Regardless of how young or old you are, dental emergencies can be painful, stressful, and scary situations. Knowing how to handle a dental emergency before one occurs can give you a better chance for successfully restoring the health of your mouth.
A knocked out tooth is one of the most critical dental emergencies that can happen, and it requires immediate intervention. When a tooth is knocked out of its socket, or even just knocked loose within its socket, it will become severed from its blood supply and its lifeline. Reconnection with the blood vessels is imperative for saving the tooth. If it is at all possible, the tooth should be placed back into its socket so that it can try to reconnect with its blood supply on its own. However, if it is not possible to place the tooth back into its socket, it must be kept moist in a small amount of your saliva or milk. Get yourself immediately to the dentist for the best chance of saving your tooth.
A knocked out tooth is an obvious dental emergency, yet there are others that are often more problematic. Many people tend to ignore other issues within their mouths because they mistakenly believe that they will just heal on their own. However, most dental issues will not resolve themselves and will only become worse over time. It is this progression that causes significant problems to develop – not to mention a higher cost of necessary treatment. While the following may not require immediate intervention, they should all be addressed by your dentist within just a couple of days:
- A cracked or broken tooth
- A damaged dental bridge or crown
- A knocked out tooth
- A lost filling
- An infection or abscess in the mouth
- An injured jaw
- Dental bleeding
- Extreme tooth sensitivity
- Swelling in the mouth
- Tooth pain
At Gainesville Dental Group, we want to meet all of your dental needs. If you have any type of dental emergency arise, please contact us right away. We are here for you.
Gainesville, GA 30501
Wednesday & Thursday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM