It’s a fact of life: Dental emergencies happen. And often the most challenging part of a dental emergency is identifying whether it’s a critical situation or if it is something you can take care of yourself.
If you are ever unsure, we recommend that you contact our Erie, PA dental practice Lake Erie Dental; we specialize in emergencies, so we can advise you as to whether we need to see you immediately or if your appointment can wait.
Here are some of the most common dental emergencies and recommendations on how best to handle them.
Common Dental Emergencies and Recommended First Aid
#1—Your Tooth Are Loose after a Fall or Other Trauma
When you have adult teeth, they should never be loose. If you have fallen or suffered a blow to the mouth and the result is one or more loose teeth, you need to see the dentist immediately. In fact, if you were hit or in an auto accident, you should head straight to the emergency room to ensure you haven’t suffered any other injuries that may not be immediately apparent.
#2—You Knocked Out a Tooth
When a tooth is completely avulsed, the sooner you can get to the dentist the better the chances are that we can save the tooth. Keep it moist on the way to the dentist—you can put it between your cheek and gum—and we can try to put the tooth back into its socket. Time is of the essence!
#3—You Are Experiencing Excruciating Pain
If you woke up with a mild toothache that quickly became unbearable, you need to get to the dentist immediately because you may have an infection in your tooth root. Give us a call, and we can advise you on how to deal with the pain until you can get to the dental office.
Many Dental Emergencies Can Be Avoided
The best way to avoid dental emergencies is by staying current with twice-annual trips to the dentist for examinations and cleanings. If you are due for an appointment, give us a call—before you experience a dental emergency. Call Lake Erie Dental for dental emergencies and routine dental care in Erie, PA.