When facing a dental emergency, every second counts. You may be dealing with severe dental pain, bleeding, and the prospect of what to do with a missing tooth, so a lot will be on your mind in the event of an emergency. If you decide that you need urgent dental care during hours when our office is closed, call us at 410-939-5800 and we’ll provide the help you need.
Many situations can cause you to lose a permanent tooth, and if it happens, it definitely qualifies as a dental emergency. If you lose a tooth, it’s vital to act fast, because the socket can close or become infected, leading to worsening problems down the road. Here are recommended tips for when you’ve lost a tooth due to a fall or accident:
Children can lose their baby teeth early from getting injured in sports, taking an accidental fall, and a host of other reasons. Helping a child who’s lost their tooth is a different situation from an adult replacing their permanent teeth, primarily because baby teeth cannot be replaced. Here are some crucial tips for helping a child who has prematurely lost a baby tooth:
While losing a tooth is definitely one of the most common dental emergencies, there are others that are important to know about. If any of these dental emergencies happen to you or your loved ones don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Grubb at our office in Havre de Grace.
Most people have experienced a toothache at one time or another, but a severe toothache can really grind your life to a halt. If you have a terrible toothache, treat it like the dental emergency it is and give us a call.
Missing a Filling
If you’ve gotten injured and knocked out a dental filling, it’s important to rinse out the cavity with warm water and place a cotton ball in the socket until you can bring it into our office.
Lost a Cap or Dental Crown
Many people depend on their dental crowns, but a hard impact can cause them to fall out. If you lose your dental crown, there may or may not be pain in the area. Even if there’s no pain, we strongly recommend coming in to have it examined and replaced.
A Tooth Becomes Chipped or Broken
Sometimes a hard trauma will cause damage to a tooth without removing it from your mouth. When this happens, there may be extreme pain depending where on the roots the tooth was damaged. Whether the tooth was completely expelled from your mouth or not, it’s recommended to wash your mouth out with warm water before coming in for dental care.
Even during working hours, a dental emergency is different from a general dental appointment. For example, if you’re climbing stairs at work and have a slip that leads to a dental emergency, you’re going to want treatment immediately, not in a few days. Fortunately, we prepare for such situations and will provide non-urgent dental care for emergencies – simply contact our office and explain your situation, including what happened and when you can come in and we’ll ensure that we can give you the help you deserve.