In many ways, our lives have been put on hold. In many other ways, our lives are continuously changing. COVID-19 has put a stop to many jobs, events, and daily routines. Maybe your days are filling with lots of Netflix shows and popcorn or extra time with your little ones. While this time is certainly difficult, these are the things we can be thankful for.
Unfortunately, a dental emergency can quickly turn your day upside down. You may chip a tooth on a popcorn kernel or lose one while throwing the ball with your son. You may experience a sudden excruciating toothache. Whatever happens, an emergency dentist is prepared to help.
If you live in the Atlanta, GA area, don’t hesitate to contact our dental practice during an emergency.
Here are the most common emergency dental situations, their causes, and treatments:
The causes, severity, and symptoms associated with your toothache will determine the treatment you need. Toothaches arise for a variety of issues, including:
Before contacting an emergency dentist, try gently cleaning around the tooth, using a saltwater rinse, or any of these ways to relieve tooth pain.
If your toothache is accompanied by facial swelling, bumps on the gums, or a high fever, contact your emergency dentist immediately.
If your tooth is knocked out, don’t count it as lost just yet. Follow these three steps, then contact your dentist to learn what to do next.
Chipped and cracked teeth can also be considered a dental emergency. However, the severity and location of the injury will determine if immediate dental care is necessary.
In some cases, a cracked or chipped tooth can leave deep cracks that damage the tooth’s root or pulp chamber. This is extremely painful and leaves the tooth more vulnerable to disease and infection.
If your tooth is noticeably damaged or if you are experiencing severe pain after a dental injury, contact your emergency dentist for instructions.
A temporary dental crown is much more likely to become loose than a permanent one, though it does happen. The most important thing to do is to make sure you don’t swallow or lose the crown.
Use Vaseline to attempt to stick it back onto your tooth and be gentle with that side of your mouth. Call your dentist to learn if you need emergency dental care.
An abscessed or infected tooth usually requires immediate attention. Seek emergency dental care if you experience a combination of any of these symptoms:
Not every dental emergency can be avoided, but there are certainly ways to reduce your risk of dental problems. In addition to maintaining good oral hygiene, avoid activities and foods that may damage your teeth. These include:
As always, our dentist, Dr. Richard L. Rodgers is prepared to help you during a dental emergency. If you’re experiencing any of these dental problems, call our office today at 404-577-6620.