Most Common Dental Emergencies

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Has an excruciating toothache snuck up on you? Did you get hit in the mouth and lose or chip a tooth while playing catch with your son? In these situations, there’s no time to wait to visit the dentist. Thankfully, your Atlanta, GA dentist, Dr. Richard L. Rodgers offers emergency dental services.

If you or a loved one is in need of urgent dental care, contact our office immediately at 404-577-6620.

Not sure if you need immediate care? Here are the most common dental emergencies we treat:

1.    Toothache

A toothache can be caused by multiple things, including:

  • Misaligned or impacted wisdom teeth
  • Teeth grinding
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Tooth fractures
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay

When toothache symptoms arise, try gently cleaning around the tooth and use warm saltwater to rinse out your mouth. If the pain persists, contact your dentist as soon as possible.

While you wait, we recommend using ice and acetaminophen as a temporary relief. Avoid aspirin.

2.    Knocked-Out Tooth

If one of your permanent teeth is knocked out, recover it using these three steps:  

  1. Pick it up by the top, not the root.
  2. Gently rinse it off.
  3. If possible, reinsert the tooth into its socket and hold it in place with a clean cloth or gauze. If it can’t be reinserted, put it in a cup of milk or water.

In this instance, you will need to visit your dentist immediately so that he has the best chance of restoring the tooth.

3. Cracked Tooth

The severity of your cracked tooth and where it’s located will determine if you need immediate dental care. Seek immediate attention if a large chunk of the tooth is missing or the tooth has nerve damage.

Just like you would with a knocked-out tooth, place the chipped part of the tooth in milk or water to bring to your dentist.

4.    Temporary Dental Crown Comes Loose

If you notice your temporary crown coming loose, the most important thing you can do is make sure you don’t swallow or lose it. If the crown does fall off, use Vaseline to stick it back onto your tooth. Contact our office to see if it requires immediate attention.

You will need to be gentle with that side of your mouth until your scheduled dental appointment.

5.    Abscessed Tooth

An abscess is an infection in the tooth that is severe and could become life-threatening. Seek dental care immediately if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Constant toothache
  • Tender lymph nodes in your neck
  • Facial swelling
  • Pimple-like bumps on gums

Avoid Dental Emergencies

We don’t expect you to live in a bubble, but you can reduce your risk of dental problems by taking proper care of your teeth. This includes:

  • Brushing twice a day
  • Flossing daily
  • Attending routine dental check-ups

Doing these things will help you avoid toothaches, tooth infections, and other painful problems.

Contact Your Atlanta, GA Emergency Dentist Today

If you are experiencing any of these dental emergencies, don’t hesitate to call our office for appropriate care. Whether you need dental attention right now or in a couple of days, Dr. Rodgers and his team will create a professional, customized treatment plan to suit your specific needs. Contact us online or at 404-577-6620 today.

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