Nobody can fully prepare for dealing with a dental emergency. Many of them come as a surprise, unfortunately happening in the spur of the moment. Dental emergencies typically occur during the most inconvenient or unexpected times, like playing sports or eating something particularly hard or crunchy. Your dental care in Connecticut will break down how to recognize a dental emergency and what to do if it happens.
Not every dental injury is an emergency, even though it might feel like it at the time being. While we want to make sure that your teeth are taken care of, we don’t want our patients taking unnecessary and expensive trips to the emergency room. Accidents happen and while they’re unpredictable, some treatments can wait until the next time your dentist in available.
Common dental injuries and accidents are chipped, cracked, broken, or knocked-out teeth. These can be due to biting into a piece of food, falling, a sports-related injury, or something similar that causes an extreme amount of pressure being applied to your tooth. Depending on the severity of the injury, where the tooth is located, and the amount of pain you’re feeling, you may be able to wait until you visit your dentist to save your time and money.
If your tooth has been completely knocked out or if there is a large part of the tooth that’s been broken and missing, causing the nerves to be exposed and potentially damaged, you should immediately seek medical attention. Your nerves and gums are extremely sensitive if a tooth has been knocked out or broken, so you want to have that area restored as soon as possible.
There are a number of different ways to handle a dental emergency if your tooth has been knocked out. If it’s possible, try to have this information on-hand in case an emergency does happen so you’re prepared. Call our office as soon as possible to see if there are any emergency contacts that you may be able to reach or find instructions.
To learn more about how to deal with a dental emergency in the event that an accident occurs, please call our dental care in Connecticut at (203) 252-2000.