Dental Emergency & Trauma

At Healthy Living Dentistry, we understand that accidents happen, requiring our immediate attention. Because no one plans to have a dental emergency, we’re here for you when you do, even if it means staying late or shifting appointments!

What is Considered a Dental Emergency?

Some dental emergencies are bigger than others. We will discuss common dental emergencies and the treatment they require.

Dental Trauma:

Dental trauma like losing a tooth is considered a dental emergency, and action should be taken right away! If the root is still intact, you can try to put the tooth back into the socket without touching the root. If this isn’t possible, keep the tooth moist either in between your cheek and gums or in milk. It is important to get to your dentist right away (within two hours) in order to restore the tooth.

Cracked or Fractured Tooth:
For a broken or cracked tooth, immediately rinse with warm water to clean the area. You might also use a hot or cold compress to reduce pain and swelling before you can get to the dentist.

Dental Abscess:
A dental abscess is an infection in the gums and can appear as a small bubble on the gum. This is considered a dental emergency because it can lead to further infection is left untreated.

Bleeding Gums:
Gums that start spontaneously bleeding could be a dental emergency because this could be a sign of a more serious health condition.

A toothache might be relieved by rinsing the mouth and using floss to remove any stuck food or debris that could cause pain. If the pain persists or worsens, get to your dentist as soon as possible to determine the cause.

Tips to Prevent a Dental Emergency:

  • Wearing a mouthguard during sports or recreational activity
  • Avoid chewing ice or hard foods
  • Never use your teeth to open or cut things

Many dental emergencies can be prevented by seeing your dentist for a routine cleaning and exam. Your dentist can detect early signs of dental problems and take care of the issue before it turns into an emergency. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, or see us right away if you are experiencing a dental emergency!