When you think of an emergency, you probably don’t imagine it could have something to do with your teeth. However, any chip, crack, or toothache should be treated as a priority, because even if they seem like minor issues, they can lead to much worse (and more expensive) problems down the line.
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We understand that emergencies happen and they may not always occur during normal business hours. That’s why we always have a team member on call to assist you with any immediate threats to your health, no matter what time it is. If you experience a dental emergency at any time, don’t hesitate to call us at 484-821-1357 so we can treat you as quickly as possible.
Common Dental Emergencies
In addition to knowing where to turn when an emergency happens, you can also prepare for dental emergencies by becoming educated on what you can do on the way to the dentist. Here are the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s recommendations for three common dental emergencies:
1. A Knocked Out Baby Tooth
If a baby tooth is knocked out, contact your dentist immediately. Most likely, even if the tooth was not loose, they will not replant it because it could compromise the developing permanent tooth underneath.
2. Fracture Of A Tooth
If a tooth is cracked, chipped, or broken, contact your dentist right away because this will need treatment as soon as possible. Rinse out your mouth with water and find any broken fragments of tooth, then place them in cold milk to preserve them and bring them with you to the dentist. Do not ignore a crack or chip — if the dental pulp is exposed, it’s in danger of infection unless treated quickly!
Watch this video to learn about bonding, one way a dentist may repair a chipped tooth:
3. A Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
If a permanent tooth is knocked out, head straight to the dentist. In most cases, a knocked out tooth can be saved if the dentist sees you within an hour of the accident. Before you get there, you can help preserve the tooth by replacing it in the socket and holding it in place with clean gauze or a washcloth. If it won’t go back in, store it in cold milk.
A few things you should NOT do if a permanent tooth gets knocked out are letting it dry out, handling it by the root, scrubbing it clean, or using soap, alcohol, or peroxide on it. Doing any of these things will damage the root of the tooth, reducing the chances the dentist will be able to successfully replant it.
Our Team Is Ready To Help
Even if your tooth shows no external damage, a toothache is a sign that something could be wrong on the inside, and that should be seen by a dentist as soon as possible. Hopefully, you’ll never have to put any of this preparation to the test, but if you find yourself in an emergency, you now know what to do. If you have any questions about how else you can prepare for a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact us.
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