The majority of dental emergencies are contributed to traumatic injuries, broken teeth, and pain associated with fractures and infection.
Traumatic injuries are most common in children and teenagers but people of all ages can be affected. Correct first aid measures will significantly reduce risk of losing a tooth or other more serious complications.
Chipped teeth are most common and least dangerous type of injuries. Depending on severity of the fracture, the tooth may require a bonding, filling or, in severe cases, a crown.
Sometimes, a root canal may or may not be required depending on the nerve involvement at the fracture site. If you experience pain on breathing of cold air or drinking cold beverages, gently bite on clean, moist gauze and call our office ASAP. DO NOT use any topical OTC oral pain medications such as Anbesol, etc., and NEVER place aspirin to the affected areas it will cause a serious painful chemical burn on your gum.
If the tooth has split, it may require extraction.
Dislodged teeth could be repositioned and stabilized in the socket. However, it must be done only by the dentist. Therefore, please seek help immediately and do not attempt to be your own dentist.
Knocked-Out (Avulsed) Permanent Teeth require immediate attention! The tooth must be handled very gently and the root surface should not be touched. If a tooth has fallen on the ground and is dirty, hold it by its crown and gently and quickly rinse it with clean water only WITHOUT touching the root. If possible the tooth should be placed back into the socket ASAP! Call a dentist immediately! If you cannot place tooth into its socket, place it into milk or in your mouth between your gum and cheek. There is also commercially available solution "Save-A-Tooth" at many drug stores. Your dentist will reposition and stabilize the tooth for a few weeks and then decide upon definitive treatment. The time between the accident and dental office visit as well as conditions of the tooth transportation play crucial role in the final outcome of the treatment. Sometimes, it is not possible to save the avulsed tooth despite our best efforts.
Knocked-Out Baby Teeth should not be replanted due to possible damage to the underlying permanent teeth.