Examples of Emergency Dental Care
- Trauma and accidents
- Oral pain and toothaches
- Root canals
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Teeth that have been knocked out
- Damage to dental work
- Sports-related injuries
- Wisdom tooth removal
- Oral infections
- Complications resulting from oral surgery
Evaluating the Emergency
The first step Dr. Lazor takes is to determine the nature of the emergency. He asks questions to find out what’s going on, if the patient is in pain etc., to decide whether the problem is urgent. In some cases, the answer may be as simple as calling in a prescription for pain medication.
Patients with broken teeth, a displaced crown, a sports injury, and things of that nature, generally require a visit to the office to prevent further damage. Our dentist often remembers the work done on his patients, which helps him gauge the urgency of the situation.
What to Do in an Emergency
Here are a few tips for dental emergencies:
- If pain is coming from a tooth, it may be a sign of a complication that needs to be checked. The degree of tooth pain doesn’t necessarily indicate the seriousness of the problem, so don’t put off tooth pain if it feels mild. It may not go away on its own, so the sooner we take care of the underlying problem, the better for the patient’s oral health.
- If a tooth has fallen out, pick it up by the crown, and gently clean with saline or milk to remove debris. Gently place the tooth back in the socket, making sure it’s placed correctly. Use a clean cloth to hold it in place. If the tooth cannot be replaced, put it in a clean container with the patient’s saliva or milk, and get to the dental office as soon as possible.