Because we have no way of knowing an emergency is going to happen, it is important that we are aware of any instances that will need professional help. A pipe burst needs a plumber, a broken bone needs a doctor. If something happens to our teeth, it is important to know when we need to call in a professional. Even if damage is caused to one or more teeth, some neighboring teeth can suffer as a result and it is these issues that can only be detected by a dental exam. Here is a quick rundown of dental emergencies you may want a dental professional to tend to:
Chipped. Most times a chipped or fractured tooth can be repaired by either replacing the broken piece or by bonding a tooth-colored filling. If a large portion of the tooth is broken off, a crown will likely be required. And if it’s bad enough to expose and damage the pulp, a root canal treatment may be needed.
Loosened. A dislodged tooth is when a tooth loosened and pushed sideways. When this happens, a patient will usually require a root canal and a dentist or endodontist will focus on stabilizing the tooth.
Knocked out. When a tooth is completely knocked out of the socket it may be able to be saved if the patient arrives to the dentist in time, and the tooth is handled properly. Be cure not touch the root of the tooth, and keep it moist (either in the socket, on the gum against your cheek, or in milk).
Accidents will happen. But even if you believe your injury is minor, be sure to visit your dentist to ensure that the tooth is healthy.
For more information about dental emergencies, call Dr. Ladani in Schnecksville, PA at 610-799-0600 or visit www.extraordinarysmiles.net.
Dr. Sandip Ladani proudly serve patients from Schnecksville and all surrounding areas.