There are some situations that obviously call for contacting an emergency dentist as quickly as possible. Other issues may seem relatively minor when in fact they need immediate attention. Before assuming a dental problem can wait until Monday, it pays to know a little about situations that do call for dental care as quickly as possible. Here are some examples.
Your Tooth is Knocked Out
During an accident or fall, one of your teeth comes out completely. While you may think that nothing can be done to save the tooth, there is a chance if you act swiftly.
Contact an emergency dentistry Barrie Smile Centre at once and explain what has happened. The dentist is likely to recommend trying to insert the tooth into the empty socket and use gauze to hold it in place while you are on the way to the dental office. If you have trouble getting the tooth to fit in the socket, place it in a clean container. Add some type of liquid to help keep the tooth from beginning to dry out. Milk, water, or even your own saliva will work.
What About a Broken Tooth?
Broken teeth may or may not need immediate attention. The key is determining the extent of the damage. If it appears that you have a hairline crack and there is no pain or swelling, you should be fine until morning. Call the dentist and explain what happened. You can lock in an appointment for the following day. At the appointment, the dentist will examine the damaged tooth and provide you with a recommendation about veneers, caps, and other relevant solutions.
When a significant portion of the tooth is broken away and you are in pain, don’t wait. Call for help and get to an emergency room or a dentist as quickly as possible. While you are on the way, apply some type of cold compress to the cheek. If nothing else is handy, grab a bag of frozen peas from the freezer. The cold will help keep the swelling at pay and also provide some relief from the pain.
You wake up one morning and find an area of your upper or lower gum is swollen. The swelling appears to be under one tooth and it’s beginning to hurt a little. That could be a sign of an infection or possible an abscess developing around the root of the tooth.
Rather than brushing it off as something you can deal with later, call for help now. Depending on what’s causing the swelling, it may take some quick action by a dental professional to prevent the infection from spreading and putting your teeth at risk.
Rather than wondering if your dental issue is an emergency or not, contact the dentist at quickly as possible. Be prepared to answer a few questions and make sure you provide complete answers. If you are experiencing a lot of pain, share that information. If immediate treatment is the best solution, rest assured that the emergency dental team will be waiting when you arrive.