How Do I Know if I Need an Emergency Dentist?
Unlike other types of bodily injuries, dental emergencies are not always so clear. If you are trying to determine whether you have a dental emergency, ask yourself the following questions:
Most cases of dental pain are due to an infection, abscess, or trauma. The rule of thumb on dental pain is this: if the pain is disrupting your daily life, it is a dental emergency. But, even if you believe the pain is manageable, you should at least schedule an appointment with your dentist to determine the cause.
A knocked out tooth can be saved so long as it is reinserted into the socket within an hour. (Read the section below on what to do in the case of a knocked out/convulsed tooth.)
The presence of pus and/or a foul taste in the mouth typically indicates a worsening infection. While gingivitis and periodontal disease can put your oral health at risk, abscesses can actually be life-threatening conditions requiring immediate medical attention. If you believe an infection is present, call our office as soon as possible.
It is common for some bleeding to occur if you are just getting back into the habit of flossing (or your are flossing for the first time). But, if you find that your gums are bleeding without any apparent cause, this would be enough to warrant a trip to the dentist, as it could indicate that you are approaching an oral health emergency.
If your teeth feel loose and they haven’t been subjected to any kind of dental trauma, it may indicate that periodontal disease or periodontitis are compromising the periodontal ligaments that keep the tooth attached to the bone. If you have a loose tooth due to dental trauma, such as a sports injury, it may not be as serious as a tooth that seemingly becomes loose on its own. Although, you should still visit with your dentist as soon as possible.
If any of the previous statements describe your personal experience, please contact us today for an emergency dental visit. We prioritize dental emergencies and can most likely see you the very same day.
Find Relief from Dental Pain
Toothaches and gum discomfort are very common; according to surveys conducted across the United States, roughly 25% of individuals experience some form of tooth or gum discomfort over a six-month period. While not every toothache is considered a dental emergency, you also shouldn't ignore the symptoms and hope they resolve themselves.
Knocked Out Tooth? Follow these 4 Tips.
A knocked out tooth can be saved so long as it is reinserted into its socket within an hour. After an hour, the odds of saving the tooth become less likely. If you have a permanent/adult tooth that has become knocked out, follow these steps and visit with Hall Family Dental as soon as possible.
1. Don't panic. Having a permanent tooth pop out can be a traumatic experience, but there is a very good chance the tooth can be saved. First off, do not handle the tooth by the roots, only the crown. Also, do not attempt to clean the tooth (even if it fell on a dirty surface).
2. See if you can gently reinsert the tooth. Sometimes patients are able to place a knocked out tooth back into the socket without too much force. Note: do not apply too much force when trying to reinsert the tooth as this could damage the roots. If you are successful in reinserting the tooth, you should still visit with the dentist.
3. If you are unable to reinsert the tooth, prepare it for transport. The tooth can survive up to an hour outside the socket. To increase the odds of saving the tooth, place it in a clean, spit-moistened paper towel, glass of milk, or tucked into your cheek. The basic idea is to keep the tooth moist and at a similar pH as mouth saliva in order to keep the nerves and blood vessels alive.
4. Visit the dentist as soon as possible. Regardless of whether you are able to successfully reinsert the tooth back into its socket, you should still make a point to visit your dentist as soon as possible. A tooth that has fallen out on its own may be a sign of disease. A tooth that has been knocked out due to blunt force might also mean that there is additional injury to the bone material, which will require examination.