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.
Not sure if you need immediate care? Here are the most common dental emergencies we treat:
A toothache can be caused by multiple things, including:
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.
If one of your permanent teeth is knocked out, recover it using these three steps:
In this instance, you will need to visit your dentist immediately so that he has the best chance of restoring the 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.
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.
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:
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:
Doing these things will help you avoid toothaches, tooth infections, and other painful problems.
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.