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A Look at Common Dental Emergencies

September 3, 2015 ADManage

It may be impossible to completely avoid dental emergencies, but you can be prepared for the most common ones that occur. You should carry with you the contact information for an emergency dentist near Park Ridge in the event that you do need emergency dental services. Keep reading to learn more about a few common dental emergencies and the appropriate emergency dental care for each.

dental emergenciesMissing Tooth
If you loose a tooth, you need to seek emergency dental care as soon as possible to increase your dentist’s chances of being able to effectively preserve the tooth and replace it in your mouth. To protect your tooth from further damage, pick it up carefully by the crown, taking care not to touch the nerve root. Rinse the tooth off gently in running water, but do not use soap, or rub or scrub it. You can try to place the tooth back in your socket once it’s clean. Hold the tooth in place while trying to bite down. If it can’t be replaced in the socket, put it in a small container with some milk to preserve it.

Cracked or Fractured Tooth
If a cracked, fractured, or severely damaged tooth is not quickly treated by a cosmetic dentist or an emergency dentist, your risk increases for further damage, and even tooth loss. A crack or fracture in a tooth may cause damage to the interior of the tooth, increasing your risk of infection, and significantly affecting the structural integrity of the tooth. An emergency dentist can save a damaged tooth by performing root canal surgery. A cosmetic dentist can fix a cracked or fractured tooth using a dental crown.

Severe Pain, Bleeding, or Infection
Certain symptoms make emergency dental care crucial to protect your dental health and overall health. If you have severe dental pain that prevents you from concentrating, if you’re experiencing significant bleeding from the mouth or gums, or if you have a fever or abscess, you should visit an emergency dentist as soon as possible. Dental infections can be life-threatening.