Broken, Fractured, or Displaced Tooth
Knocked-out Teeth (Avulsed Teeth)
If a tooth has been knocked out, call us right away. Place the tooth in sterile saline or plain milk and our dentist will see you to place the tooth back into its socket. It is important to have the tooth reimplanted within two hours for the best chance of healing and reintegration. The success rate declines the more time your tooth has been separated from your body. In some situations, it is not possible to reimplant the tooth. Other tooth replacement options may be needed such as implants, bridges, or partials. Your dentist will discuss the options that are best for you and your specific situation at your emergency dental appointment. Call our office immediately if you have a knocked-out tooth and bring the tooth with you, if possible.
For a fractured tooth from an accident or trauma, there are two general possibilities: superficial fractures which can be separated or unseparated, and deep fractures which could also be separated or unseparated. Separated fractures may have tooth parts or fragments that could be reattached to the main body of the tooth. Like knocked-out teeth, treatment by a qualified dentist is highly recommended. Superficial fractures can be unsightly but rarely are accompanied by pain or cold sensitivity, and treatment can often wait until the next possible appointment. Deep fractures into the dentin or nerve (pulp) of the tooth often require immediate attention. If you are having pain or temperature sensitivity after a traumatic injury, call our office immediately. If the accident happens after normal business hours, call our after-hours emergency number and we will make your dental emergency our priority.
If a child's primary tooth has been loosened or fractured by an injury or an emerging permanent tooth, give our office a call or take a phone photo and send it to our after-hours emergency phone number and we will help advise you of the best course of action.
An abscessed tooth is a bacterial infection that has spread from the root of the tooth to the tissue just below or near the tooth. This infection can migrate to the head, face, throat, or brain and can be life-threatening. If your face, tongue, or neck is swollen, you need to seek emergency care immediately! Call us immediately or go to the closest hospital emergency department and receive antibiotic treatment to prevent serious complications. In general, a tooth that has become abscessed (infected) is one whose underlying pulp has become contaminated with disease-causing bacteria. and your immune system has responded to create swelling, pain, and sometimes pus draining from the gums adjacent to the abscessed tooth. An abscessed tooth can be an extremely painful condition. In some cases, antibiotics are administered in an attempt to control the infection. Antibiotics and root canal therapy are sometimes used together to save the tooth so that it can be restored to a healthy and functional condition.
Emergency Toothache Treatment
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