Emergency dentistry focuses on treating dental damage or injury that requires prompt care. Without immediate attention, dental emergencies increase your risk of complications, such as permanent tooth loss, malocclusion (a bad bite), long-lasting pain, and more. That’s why seeking treatment at the first sign of trouble is essential when caring for dental emergencies.
Early intervention is key when treating dental emergencies, so it’s important to know which dental problems require urgent care and which can wait until normal office hours. Examples of common dental emergencies include:
In some instances, a dental abscess can rupture without warning. This is a serious complication that requires emergency treatment. A ruptured abscess is extremely painful and often causes a rush of foul-tasting liquid in the mouth. Make sure to contact Dr. Albelais before the bacteria-filled liquid spreads.
While you shouldn’t try to treat a dental emergency on your own, there are steps you can take to preserve your oral health before your emergency visit:
If you have a knocked-out tooth, try to insert it back into its socket root side up and gently bite down to hold it in place. Don’t worry if you can’t reinsert the tooth. If it’s too painful to reinsert, store the tooth in a cup of milk or saliva and bring it to your appointment.
If possible, locate the broken tooth fragments and bring them with you to your emergency appointment. To minimize any pain and swelling in the meantime, ice the area or take anti-inflammatory pain relievers.
Dr. Albelais may be able to repair your lost filling, crown, or bridge if you can find it, so bring it to your appointment if possible.
When you have sudden tooth pain, it’s best to avoid pain relievers until Dr. Albelais determines the cause of your discomfort. Instead, try applying a cold compress to minimize pain and swelling before your visit.
To learn more about emergency dentistry, call Albelais Dental Corporation or schedule an appointment online now.