When to Seek Emergency Dental Care

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When to Seek Emergency Dental Care

Just like your arms and legs, you teeth are a vital part of your anatomy and sometimes, they need emergency care. If your injury falls under any of the following situations, it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible.

You Have a Severe Crack or Break

Your teeth sustain severe cracks or breaks for a number of reasons. Most commonly, it is because you bit into a hard piece of food that your tooth simply didn’t handle as well as you thought it would. When your tooth has a significant crack or has broken into pieces, it could result in painful nerve damage if you do not seek medical care as soon as possible.

Your Tooth Was Knocked Out

Whether due to an auto accident, a sports injury or another unexpected situation, sometimes a tooth or multiple teeth are completely knocked out. If this is the case, see whether you can put the tooth back in its socket. If you can, hold it in place with a wet teabag or moist gauze until you get to your dentist, but be very careful not to swallow it. If you can’t place it in the socket, hold it in a container of milk or your own saliva until your dentist can see you. Your dentist will do everything possible to save the tooth and can offer alternative options if it can’t be saved.

You Have an Abscess

Do you feel constant, severe tooth pain regardless of what you are doing? It might be an abscess. Other symptoms include pain in the head, cheeks or ears and the appearance of a swollen face. An abscess is a serious infection that could spread to other parts of your body if left untreated, so seek dental care right away.

Never be afraid to call your dentist if you suspect you have a dental emergency. Most will keep open appointments for situations like yours. At the very least, he or she should be able to direct you to someone who can help.