Did you wake up in the middle of the night with a terrible toothache? Maybe you were playing a friendly game of basketball and had a tooth get knocked out? Now, you are facing a dental emergency that is going to require immediate care. Although you may be tempted to wait until your next appointment, delaying the treatment you need could result in the loss of your tooth. At Robinson Dental Group, we offer the same-day services you need to restore your oral health and to stop your discomfort.
Dental emergencies can take many different forms, making it difficult to determine which situation requires immediate care. You may not even know how to react. No matter the issue that you are facing, we will provide you with the prompt care that you need. While you wait for your appointment, there are several things you can do at home to help save your tooth.
Knocked Out Tooth: A knocked out tooth is among one of the leading dental emergencies, although they can easily be prevented with an athletic mouthguard. If you should find yourself in this position, hold the tooth by the crown and rinse it with water. Do not use any soaps, cleaners, or dry it. If you can, reinsert it back into its socket. If you cannot, place it in a cup or milk or water.
Dislodged Tooth: If a tooth has been moved out of position, gently try to push it back in place and bite on a piece of gauze.
Broken Tooth: Rinse your mouth with saltwater and keep your tooth clean. Avoid chewing on it until after it has been repaired. If you have any pain or swelling, use over-the-counter pain relivers and cold compresses.
Toothache: A sudden or gradual toothache can indicate a serious infection. Call our office right away to keep it from spreading. You can take over-the-counter pain relievers to help manage your discomfort.
Lost Restoration: If a crown or filling comes loose or falls off, do not try to repair it on your own. Instead, rinse your mouth with salt water and avoid chewing on it until after it has been repaired. Home remedies can be used to manage any pain or swelling.
Broken Oral Appliance: If a denture or another oral appliance has become damaged, it is best to stop using it right away. In addition, do not try to fix it on your own. Instead, call our office to have it repaired or replaced.
It is estimated that one in six Americans will have a dental emergency this year. You can help to reduce your risk for one by maintaining your home oral hygiene habits and regular appointments for a cleaning and checkup. If you participate in sports, it is best to wear an athletic mouthguard to protect your teeth and gums from impact or trauma to your face.
If you have a dental emergency, do not wait. Contact Robinson Dental Group today! We will treat the problem, so you can get back to enjoying your day.