What Needs an Emergency Dentist?
When discussing dental emergencies that is a little bit of confusion on what classifies as an emergency. For instance, in most medical instances, an emergency would be when a patient is bleeding significantly or battling a fatal infection. For emergency dentistry, the stakes aren’t as severe, but still should be dealt with right away. In this blog, we will discuss some of the instances where you will need to contact your dentist to schedule an appointment. In some cases, dental attention is needed right away, especially if there is an infection within the tooth or a tooth has gone missing. In both cases, you will need to seek out a dentist nearby.
One of the leading reasons to schedule a dentist appointment immediately is missing or loose teeth. If you get in a tussle or hit yourself against something, you could knock one or more teeth out. If you have displaced a few teeth, you will need to call a dentist right away. But, why? Well, though a dentist cannot perform magic, some procedures can be completed that can incite shock and awe. Specifically, when you knock out a tooth, if you call your dentist quickly, they could reinsert it. If your dentist cannot reinsert the tooth, they can try to preserve it and shape a mold from it.
If you have indeed, knocked out one of your teeth, it is important that you do not touch the roots of the tooth. If you do, you could easily infect it and make it difficult for the dentist to clean and reinsert it. Once you have picked up the tooth, however, you will want to rinse it off with some cold, clean water. When you wash off the tooth, do not scrub it, as your dental tissue is very tender and weak. If you are too rough with your tooth’s roots, you could detach them and make it impossible for the dentist to reinsert it into your mouth.
After washing it, if you can, try to reinsert the tooth in its socket and bite down. This is not a long-term solution, so once you do this, go to the dentist immediately. On the chance you cannot place the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth or teeth in an empty milk carton.
If you do all of the following things, there is a good chance that your dentist will be able to reattach the original tooth back into your mouth. However, if there is extensive damage to the root or the tooth, your doctor may advise you to opt for a crown or artificial tooth. Ultimately, how the tooth is torn from its root will determine which course of action your dentist will have to take.
As stated, you oral tissue is very tender and weak. If there are any injuries to your mouth, you should contact your local Saratoga Springs dentist. Any punctures, lacerations or tears, to the lips, cheeks, mouth, and tongue, are serious injuries. Though these injuries are not immediately life-threatening, they can be considered a dental emergency. If you experience any tissue damage, the strength of your teeth could be affected. If you are cut and your mouth is bleeding significantly, be sure to clean the wound with warm water. After cleaning out the wound, be sure you locate where the laceration specifically is in the mouth. While locating the wounded area, you may have to wash a second time if the blood has pooled again. If your tongue is severely injured, wrapping the tongue with gauze and placing pressure on it can help.
If your teeth are infected, you will need to seek a dentist’s help. Infections can be tricky “injuries” for more reasons than one. For starters, some infections are not visibly seen. Second, injections can go unnoticed until they make contact with the inner nerves of your teeth. And thirdly, depending on the type of infection, there could be life-threatening consequences.
Chipped, cracked, or fractured teeth are the best way to land yourself in a dentist’s chair. Though these injuries aren’t life-threatening, they can cause problems for your health down the road. For instance, if you have a crack tooth, this could lead to plaque making its way into your teeth. Worse, this will lead to an infection and severe dental pain. Of course, this situation is fixable with a root canal. But, why would you risk dental pain, even if it is in the future?
For chipped teeth, you don’t have to go into the dentist’s office right away, although it is recommended. For most chipped teeth, you will need to receive a crown to fix your smile. Unfortunately, it is very rare that you will be able to find the detached part of your tooth. In fact, most people will accidentally swallow pieces of their tooth when they are injured.
If you are interested in quality dental care, Saratoga Springs Dentist is here for you and all your family dental needs. Contact our business today.