Dental Emergency Q&A
What do emergency dentists do?
Emergency dentists treat oral injuries and pain that need to be fixed or addressed immediately. Emergency dental situations usually involve saving knocked-out or broken teeth. Coming into Sirinity Smiles as soon as you can after your injury, preferably within 30 minutes, could mean the difference between saving and losing your injured tooth.
Is it time to call an emergency dentist?
It's a good idea to seek immediate emergency dental care whenever you or a family member are suffering from a severe oral injury or other excruciating condition. Some situations that are considered dental emergencies include:
- Knocked-out teeth
- A loose permanent tooth
- Intense tooth or mouth pain
- Bleeding inside your mouth from your tongue, gums, or cheeks
- Trauma to your mouth or face
- Uncomfortable swelling in your mouth, gums, or tongue
- A severely cracked or broken tooth
- A laceration or tear on your lips
If you chip a tooth, but it doesn’t appear as if you may lose the tooth entirely, it may not be a dental emergency. Even so, it’s a good idea to contact Sirinity Smiles so Dr. Ocharoen can tell you how to handle your tooth until you can get to the office.
How should I handle a knocked-out tooth?
Quick action is imperative for a dental emergency like a knocked-out tooth. If you don’t receive immediate dental care, there's a chance you'll lose the tooth. To try and save the tooth, start by cleaning the injured tooth and the inside of your mouth. Swish warm water around your mouth and rinse the tooth in warm water, being careful to avoid touching the tooth's roots.
As you rinse the tooth, hold it by the top part (the crown). If you can, hold the cleaned tooth by the crown and reinsert it into the empty socket. Close your mouth slowly. Hold the tooth in place with your fingers or gently bite down on it to help it stay in place until you can visit Sirinity Smiles. Call the office right away to explain the situation, or have a loved one call for you.
If the tooth cannot go back into the empty socket, hold the tooth in your mouth next to your cheek or keep it in a glass of milk. The moisture will help prevent the roots from drying out. Don't let a broken tooth prevent you from enjoying your smile. Call Sirinity Smiles for expert assistance in the event of a dental emergency.