When you or a loved one experience a dental emergency, it can feel frightening. You may not be sure of what to do or who to call. We want to reassure you that your team at Thomas Family Dentistry is here for you, and you should always call us first.
It may seem like a good idea to head to the ER in the event of an emergency; however, it’s important to understand that a hospital emergency room is not equipped to handle most dental emergencies. It’s likely that you will still need to head to our office to have your tooth repaired. You will save yourself time, money, and stress by calling Thomas Family Dentistry first during a dental emergency.
Common Dental Emergencies
When you know how to handle an emergency situation, it may not seem as overwhelming. We’re offering some helpful tips on handling common emergencies until you can get to our office.
- A knocked-out tooth: In this situation, we have the best chance of preserving your tooth the faster we can treat it, so contact our office right away. Transport your tooth carefully without handling it too much. Placing it back into its socket is the best way to transport it; use milk to keep the cells alive if placing it in its socket is not possible.
- Broken or lost restorations: Old crowns and fillings do break down over time, and if you have one that cracks or falls out, it will need to be repaired or replaced in order to protect the health of your tooth and avoid infection.
- A toothache: Dental pain that is constant or severe typically means that your tooth is infected. Unfortunately, dental infections don’t go away on their own. In fact, they can actually spread and affect other teeth, so it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Root canal therapy will be able to relieve your pain and infection if you are proactive about seeking treatment.
- Soft tissue injuries: When your cheeks, lips, or gums sustain injuries there may be excessive bleeding. First, stop the bleeding with a cold compress applied with light pressure. Next, contact Thomas Family Dentistry for further instructions.
- A broken tooth: Gather as many pieces of a broken tooth as you can and get to our office as soon as possible. If your tooth chips, it may not require immediate attention. Contact our office to assess your situation.
We’re Here for You and Your Family
We understand that dental emergencies are often inconvenient, and that’s why we make every effort to see you as soon as we can at Thomas Family Dentistry. Even if you’re new to our practice, please call us if you or a loved one is experiencing an emergency. We’ll get you back on the path to wellness and feeling better as soon as possible.