There are all sorts of dental emergencies, but they all have one thing in common: You need relief, and you need it now.
It can be hard to think clearly when you are in pain or have lost a tooth, but recognizing an emergency and knowing how to handle it can save you time and discomfort.
Here are three emergencies we treat at our office and tips for dealing with them before you can get in to see us:
Chipped or Broken Tooth
If a tooth breaks, immediate attention is needed to avoid further damage. Gather up the pieces of the tooth, wrap them in tissue, and bring them to our office. Dr. Kai will evaluate your situation and explain all your options for repairing the tooth.
A small chip is not a major emergency but call us anyway. A chipped tooth needs to be smoothed to avoid irritating soft tissues in your mouth. We also want to make sure that the chip is not deep enough to allow bacteria to access the innermost portions of your tooth and create an infection.
Whether you have a mild twinge of pain or you’re in so much discomfort you can’t function, call us right away. Dental pain is not normal and always indicates a looming problem that needs to be addressed. Severe pain may be a sign of a root canal infection that needs immediate attention to save the tooth.
This is by far the most urgent dental emergency because we only have hours to successfully replace the tooth in its socket. Call us or have a friend call to let us know what’s going on. Handle the tooth by the crown and don’t disturb the root or any attached tissue that would aid healing. Keeping the root moist is critical, so place it in a container of water, milk, or even saliva until you get to our office.
Emergency Dentistry in Milton, GA
When in doubt, don’t ever hesitate to call us. Even if your emergency is not critical, we can provide guidance on handling the situation until you can get to our office.