Most Common Dental Emergencies

Most Common Dental Emergencies

Emergency situations are the least expected ones! Dental emergencies differ from a dental appointment in a few key ways. Emergency dentistry may include same-day care, which is usually reserved for emergencies, and dental issues that require immediate attention. If you have a dental emergency, please call our office or book online.

There are different types of dental emergencies. The most common ones include the following:

Knocked-out Tooth

Any tooth that has been knocked out is a dental emergency. If your tooth has been knocked out, rinse off the root of the tooth with water and remove any dirt or debris. Do not scrub the tooth, and try not to touch the root of the tooth. If you’re able to, place the tooth back into its socket and bite down gently to hold the tooth in place. If this isn’t possible, you should put the tooth in a cup of milk or salt water. Don’t use too much force when handling a knocked-out tooth, and contact your dentist immediately.

Severe Toothache

A severe toothache is a sign that you may need a root canal. If you experience a toothache, it’s a most likely sign of infection and should be treated as soon as possible.

A root canal is a procedure that involves removing the infected tissue and nerves inside of your tooth and replacing it with a filling. Your dentist will gently remove the infected tissue and the nerve, prepare the tooth and fill it with a dental material.

Broken Tooth

If a tooth becomes broken, rinse the mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to limit any swelling. Call your dentist immediately. Until you reach your dentist’s office, follow these steps:

Fractured Tooth

If a tooth is broken or fractured, rinse your mouth with warm water and place a cold compress on your face to reduce swelling and pain. Apply gauze to the gum area if necessary. If you can find the broken piece, bring it with you to the office.

When treating a chipped or fractured tooth, the dentist will likely repair the damage by bonding the tooth. This will require the damaged area of the tooth to be reshaped for bonding.

Objects Caught Between Teeth

Don’t try to remove the object yourself. You could accidentally damage a tooth.

Instead, rinse your mouth with warm water and clean the stuck material with dental floss. Then, head to the emergency room.

To find out more about the dental services offered at Orange Family Dental, call (619) 280-4861 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit our Dentist in San Diego, CA, at 4205 Fairmount Avenue, San Diego, CA 92105.


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