How should you handle a dental emergency?
Toothaches can be caused by many different reasons including cavities, periodontal disease, trauma and hot and cold food and drinks. If you experience a toothache, please try the following:
The mouth is a harsh environment that is always being exposed to bacteria, corrosive liquids and hard foods that can cause damage to the oral anatomy. Occasionally, we have patients that have broken off a piece of their tooth, put a crack in their tooth or a filling has fallen out. If you experience any of these conditions, please do the following:
Minor cuts or bites occur to every individual from time to time and generally heal within a few days. If you experience a minor cut or bite, please try the following:
It is completely normal for there to be minor bleeding when a baby tooth falls out of a child’s mouth. Typically there are sharp edges on the tooth, the adult tooth is trying to come into its space and many times children are wiggling their teeth with their fingers or foreign objects. Typically any minor bleeding should stop fairly quickly, however you can take these steps to minimize any concerns:
See a dentist as IMMEDIATELY as possible! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.
Unfortunately permanent teeth can be knocked out, typically due to trauma. Teeth are living structures; therefore it is very important to act quickly when a tooth has been dislodged. Please follow these steps if you have this experience:
Many patients occasionally suffer from “cold” or “canker” sores. These sores can be caused from stress, minor trauma to the mouth or if you have been exposed to a virus. If you experience one of these sores, you can try these steps to relieve any discomfort: