Dental emergencies can occur due to trauma, grinding, or biting on hard objects. Dental emergencies can also arise when fillings, crowns, and other restorative devices become damaged or fall out of the mouth. Dental Emergencies should not be left untreated. Dental emergencies left untreated may result in infections and require future extensive dental treatments to fix the issue. If patients experience any of these dental emergencies, contact Valley Alder Family Dentistry as soon as possible.
What Qualifies As A Dental Emergency?
Many symptoms and ailments you’re experiencing will qualify as a dental emergency. If you’re currently experiencing any of the following, please contact our office immediately.
- Broken, chipped, or fractured tooth
- A tooth that’s been recently knocked out
- Teeth that are now loose after a physical trauma
- Sudden tooth pain
- Redness, swelling, and or bleeding gums
- The sudden appearance of an abscess in your gums
- Headaches associated with teeth grinding
- Tight jaw muscles
- Impacted Wisdom Teeth
- Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold drink and food
- Loss of a crown or dental filling
Types of Dental Emergencies
Knocked out tooth
A knocked-out tooth should be addressed immediately. A missing tooth can cause harm to the tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. In some cases, the tooth can be placed back into its socket. If a tooth is knocked out, patients should pick it up by the crown and rinse it under warm water. Patients can place it back in its socket or tuck it into the cheek to preserve the tooth. If the tooth can’t be placed back put the tooth into a cup of milk, saliva, or water to preserve the tooth. The dentist will work to put the tooth back into its socket. If not, a root canal may be necessary.
A lost filling or crown
Crowns or fillings may come out while eating causing immediate tooth sensitivity. Crowns can also come out due to tooth decay. If the crown falls out of the mouth, patients should keep it in a cool, safe place in case of reinsertion. The dentist will assess the crown to see if it still fits. If it does, the crown will be reattached. If there is tooth decay present, the dentist will treat the decay and then replace the crown.
Cracked or broken teeth
Teeth can suffer from fractures, cracks, and breaks. This can be caused by trauma, grinding, and biting. If a tooth has been cracked, patients should call Valley Alder Family Dentistry as soon as they can to avoid further damage. If a fracture extends into the root, root canal therapy may be required to preserve the health of the tooth. A broken tooth may require the dentist will usually temporarily affix the piece of the tooth back onto the tooth as a temporary measure.
Dislodged or loose teeth
Dislodged or loose teeth can occur from traumatic injury or tooth decay. Depending on the injury or severity of tooth decay, the dentist may be able to save the tooth. If the tooth is unrepairable, the dentist may need to perform a root canal. Patients should call our office immediately to make an appointment.
Treating Dental Emergencies
Dr. Patel and his staff of dental professionals offer the leading dental emergency treatments for patients. Dental emergency treatments may include root canal therapy, tooth extraction, dental bridges treatment, or dental crown treatment. In the event of a dental emergency, Dr. Patel will perform an oral exam and digital X-ray exam to evaluate the severity of the dental emergency.
Dr. Patel will then immediately treat the dental emergency. Some dental emergencies may require additional visits to address the issue. Following dental emergency treatment, Dr. Patel will discuss any other necessary treatments that may be needed in the future.
Valley Alder Family Dentistry is open six days a week for emergency dental appointments.
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Valley Alder Family Dentistry accepts cash, money orders, and major credit cards. For extensive dental care, financial arrangements can be made with our office. Valley Alder Family Dentistry also accepts CareCredit.
To schedule an emergency dental appointment at Valley Alder Family Dentistry, call (909) 877-0650.