A dental emergency is typically the result of trauma or injury to the face and or jaw. Knowing what to do during a dental emergency can make the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Most dental emergencies require swift action and an immediate appointment. At Eastside Dental Clinic, we leave time available for emergency appointments.
A broken filling is a fairly common emergency. If you notice a broken or dislodged filling, be sure to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. A broken filling will put your tooth at risk of developing further complications. During your appointment our doctors will replace the filling or provide appropriate care to improve the tooth structure and seal off the area from harmful bacteria.
Knocking Out a Tooth
If you, a family member or friend knocks out a permanent tooth, there are steps to take to help save the tooth. The most important thing is to keep the tooth moist at all times. You can place the tooth in a container of milk or water; although milk is preferred. If possible, you can place the tooth back in the socket, but do not remove or scrub off any attached tissue or fragments. The best chance of saving the tooth is to receive prompt treatment.
Chipped and Broken Teeth
If you chip or break a tooth, the first thing you should do is collect the pieces. Next, immediately rinse out your mouth with warm water to clean the area. While a chipped tooth may not immediately constitute a dental emergency, it may worsen over time. We may suggest dental bonding or a dental crown to improve the aesthetics and function of the tooth.
Dental Pain and Trauma
Significant pain is one of the biggest indicators for emergency care. Sports related Trauma can be preventable with a custom with a sportsguard. If you do experience trauma, you can reduce the swelling with a cold compress. Pain that seems to appear out of nowhere may be the result of tooth decay or infection. Severe toothaches may require immediate care and antibiotics.
An abscess is typically the result of a bacterial infection near the root of a tooth. This is a condition that can damage your surrounding teeth or soft tissues when left untreated. If you are diagnosed with an abscess, it should be addressed as soon as possible to remove the infection.
Schedule Your Emergency Appointment Now!
If you are in the midst of a dental emergency, we can help! Call (503) 665-2177 or request an appointment via our website.