A dental emergency can happen when you least expect it or when it was obvious from the start. According to your emergency dentist in Coeur d’ Alene, the most common dental emergencies occur for people participating in sports while not wearing the right protection. However, in other cases, emergencies can appear if patients put off seeing their dentist for too long.
Regardless of how it happened, you should have the correct knowledge to address it the right way as soon as possible. To keep you prepared, your dentist lists a few of the most common emergencies he sees and how to address them, at least after you’ve given him a call.
Always Call Your Dentist First
The moment you determine you’re having a dental emergency, you should call your dentist. Not only can they schedule you for a same day appointment, but they can answer any questions you may have. After you’ve done so, you can refer to the following tips on the most common emergencies your dentist sees.
If you’re unable to contact your dentist, set a reminder to do so as soon as you’re able to.
If You’re Tooth is Knocked Out
Once you’ve located the tooth, make sure to only pick it up by the top part, also known as the crown. Avoid touching the root or removing any residual oral tissue that’s still attached. Touching the root can reduce the chances of successful reimplantation. The best thing you can do to save your tooth is to place it back into your socket until you get to your dentist.
If this is not possible, keep the tooth in milk or saltwater until you get to your dentist. Upon arriving, they can better assess your situation and attempt to reimplant the tooth.
Your Tooth is Cracked, Chipped, or Broken
Teeth that are only minorly chipped don’t require your emergency dentist in Coeur d’ Alene immediately. The only time you should go visit them is if the damage is causing severe pain and/or the crack in the tooth extends below the gumline. This puts your inner teeth at risk and can even result in losing the teeth entirely if not addressed. In this case, the best course of action is to call your dentist and seem them asap.
If You Have Severe Tooth Pain
Bad tooth pain can result from either severe trauma from an accident or because of an abscessed tooth. This can occur from an infection underneath the root of the tooth. To reduce facial swelling and manage pain, use ice packs in 20-minute intervals until you get to your dentist. Only they can confirm what is causing the pain via X-rays.
If you believe you’re having a dental emergency, delaying it will only make the problem worse! Schedule an appointment with your dentist in Coeur d’ Alene today to get it treated.
About the Author
Dr. Filip Orban offers same day treatment for emergencies whenever possible. He also offers after-hours care for current patients experiencing emergencies. To Dr. Orban, taking people out of pain and giving them the care they need is just one of many reasons he pursued dentistry in the first place. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, please call him at (208) 667-1546 or visit his website.