Dental emergencies occur every day. Bicycle accidents, car accidents, sports injuries, and hard foods can all lead to dental damage that requires immediate care. Even a toothache can be considered a dental emergency. So, what do you do when something like this happens to you?
Everyone should have a local dentist in their contact list for these types of situations. Not all dentists offer emergency dental care, so make sure yours does!
For those living in Atlanta, GA, Dr. Richard L. Rodgers is available to treat dental emergencies. Our office is located just 6 miles from Emory University and in the same building as the university hospital in midtown Atlanta. Save our number (404-577-6620) to your contact list now so you’re prepared when a dental emergency arises.
There are two types of dental emergencies: urgent and non-urgent. When you contact your emergency dentist, he will either schedule your appointment for the same day or another day, depending on the situation.
Here are the most common urgent dental emergencies and what to do when they arise:
Before seeking emergency dental care, patients with severe toothaches should try to find the source of the pain and relieve it. Flossing, rinsing with salt water, and taking over-the-counter pain medication could help. If the pain persists, contact your emergency dentist. The toothache could be caused by a cavity, an abscessed tooth, or infected gums—all of which should be treated immediately.
Gum abscesses can occur in the gum tissue or between the teeth and gums. These are pockets of infected tissue where bad bacteria multiply and can lead to pain, pressure, bad breath, loose teeth, bleeding gums, dental sensitivity, and receding gums. In severe cases, patients may also experience fever.
If you suspect you have a gum abscess, call your emergency dentist immediately. Delayed treatment could lead to more serious oral and overall health consequences.
Causes of a loose tooth include:
Whatever the cause, patients should seek emergency dental care. In most cases, the dentist can save the tooth by identifying and treating the underlying issue.
When a tooth gets knocked out, it’s imperative that patients receive emergency dental care within 30 minutes. After contacting the dentist, pick up the tooth by the crown (top), rinse it with water, and place it back into the socket. If that isn’t possible, place the tooth in a glass of milk or water and carry it with you to the dentist’s office.
If any pieces of the tooth have fallen out, place it in a glass of milk. After contacting the emergency dentist, follow any specific instructions he has given.