What To Do In a Dental Emergency
If you have ever damaged or knocked out a tooth, you probably remember the anxiety-ridden moment you realized what happened. However, having a solid idea of what you should do during a dental emergency can help you keep your cool and handle the situation with ease. Learn more about what to do during a dental emergency by reading below, and contact Dr. Amanda M. Hillis at Hillis Family Dental in St. Peters, MO, for personal treatment.
Dental Emergencies and How To Handle Them
- Chipped Tooth: A chipped tooth is usually not considered a dental emergency since it affects the aesthetics of your tooth more than its functionality. However, if you chip a tooth and the chip reaches up to or underneath the gum line, you should see your dentist as soon as possible.
- Broken Tooth: A tooth normally breaks due to either heavy decay or an injury. In either case, a broken tooth can result in tooth loss if left untreated. If you break a tooth, try to recover the broken pieces and take them with you to your dentist appointment. Broken teeth often require a dental crown to help stabilize and protect them from future injury.
- Knocked Out Tooth: If a tooth becomes dislodged and falls out, you should take immediate action. Hold the teeth only by its crown and rinse it gently with water if necessary. Avoid scrubbing any tissue from the tooth’s roots. If possible, place the tooth back into its socket, stopping if you feel any discomfort or pain. Store the tooth in a container of milk if you can't put it back in its place and bring it with you to our St. Peters office as soon as possible.
- Dental Abscess: A dental abscess is an infection of the tooth and its surrounding tissues. The abscess will look like a pimple or lump on the gums and may be very painful or uncomfortable. It is important to have your abscess seen by your dentist as soon as possible as the infection could spread to other parts of the body.
- Toothache: A toothache is usually a good indication that you have a decayed tooth which requires a root canal. Avoid “waiting it out” and see our dentist as soon as possible.
For more information on dental emergencies, please contact Dr. Amanda M. Hillis at Hillis Family Dental in St. Peters, MO. Call (636) 970-7902 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Hillis today!