When Should You See an Emergency Dentist?
HAVING A PLAN already in place can make a huge difference if you ever need to see an emergency dentist in the West Jordan area, because time is often the emergency dentist’s most valuable resource. How do we plan ahead for unexpected injuries? That will depend on the particular situation.
A Tooth Gets Knocked Out
If an adult tooth is knocked out in one intact piece, there is limited time (not much longer than an hour) for it to be successfully replanted by the dentist before the tooth dies. The faster you can get to the dentist, the better. You can give a knocked-out tooth its best shot by placing it back in its socket for the trip to the dentist’s office and holding it in place with a washcloth or gauze. If it won’t go back into the socket, you can store it in cold milk.
Make sure NOT to do any of these things with a knocked-out tooth:
- Touching the root.
- Letting it dry out.
- Scrubbing it clean with soap, alcohol, or peroxide.
Doing any of these will kill the root and make the tooth impossible to replant.
A Tooth Breaks
If a tooth breaks, chips, or cracks in an accident, you should get straight to the dentist. Try to find all of the broken pieces and bring them with you in a glass of cold milk. It’s also safe to rinse your mouth with water.
No matter how minor a crack or chip seems, don’t just ignore it. A crack can function the same way as a cavity, giving bacteria space to grow until it reaches the pulp. The damage could reach the pulp chamber over time and lead to a tooth infection, abscess, loss of bone tissue in the jaw, and even risk an infection spreading to the bloodstream, which is life-threatening.
Failing Root Canal
A failing root canal is a dental issue that should not be taken lightly. It can lead to severe discomfort and complications if left untreated. If you experience any of the following signs, it’s time to seek immediate care from an emergency dentist:
- Severe Pain: Persistent and intense pain around the treated tooth is a clear sign that something may be amiss with your root canal.
- Swelling: Swelling in the affected area, accompanied by tenderness or redness, could indicate an infection that requires prompt attention.
- Sensitivity to Hot and Cold: Increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, especially after the root canal treatment
The Emergency Dentist Is Prepared for Patient Emergencies Too
Besides knowing what to do with a broken or knocked-out tooth, it’s also important to know where to go for help from an emergency dentist. Give Holt Dental Care a call to learn how our practice can help. We hope that you won’t ever be in a situation where you have to make use of this information, but it’s always wise to be prepared. You can learn more about us by checking our business page, and don’t forget to check the map before you head our way.