If you want to make sure you take care of your tooth health and your family’s dental needs while at the same time avoiding exhausting and unnecessary trips to the emergency room, it’s important to know what types of injuries will necessitate emergency dental care. Accidents can happen at any time. While some of these injuries can be treated at Desert View Dental in Phoenix, AZ during regular treatment hours, some will require immediate medical attention.
There are several types of oral injuries including cracked teeth, broken teeth, and knocked out teeth. You can get them in many ways. These include taking a bite from something that’s too hard on your teeth, from falling down, from taking a blow to the face, or many other occurrences. Deciding how bad the injury is will help you decide on whether the chipped tooth or minor fraction can wait until morning and be helped by the emergency dentist.
Immediate dental help might be needed depending on how bad the crack is, how much tooth is missing, whether you’ve suffered nerve damage, or if one or more of your teeth have been completely knocked out.
If you are waiting for medical help, you need to handle the missing tooth as little as possible. You can try to put it back into the socket while biting down on a wet gauze or a tea bag. Be careful though; you don’t want to unintentionally swallow the knocked-out tooth.
If you can’t get the tooth to stay put in the socket, make sure to clean it off and then keep it in either milk or your saliva while you’re waiting for medical attention. Keep a cold compress against the empty socket to help out with the bleeding that will probably be happening.
You might not know if the problem is bad enough to mandate calling a doctor. You might have an abscess that’s causing extreme tooth pain, for example. If it’s during the day and you feel like you need immediate assistance, try calling Desert View Dental first. Sometimes you can get in for an emergency appointment.