Dental emergencies are stressful, even during the best of times. But by nature of being an emergency, they don’t usually wait for the timing to be convenient.
If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, Coleman Burgess, DDS is here for you.
We take same-day appointments from anyone who needs it. You don’t have to be a current patient, and you certainly don’t need to wait around for a few weeks until a spot opens up in the schedule. Don’t hesitate to give us a call today.
Is This an Emergency?
In the case of an accident that involves your teeth, it’s easy to panic. What do we do next? Should I call the dentist? Can anything be done about this?
In such a case, follow these easy guidelines to decide whether or not this dental incident is an emergency, and what to do if it is.
My Tooth Fell Out:
If your tooth has either partially or entirely come loose, this is exactly the time to call us for an emergency appointment. Try to
- Pick up the tooth by the crown (or chewing surface) and not the root.
- Rinse the tooth gently.
- Replace the tooth into the socket.
- If step 3 is not possible, keep the tooth moist. The best liquid for this purpose is milk.
- Get to the dentist as soon as possible.
We stand the best chance of saving your tooth and the area around it if we get to it much sooner than later.
My Tooth Cracked, Chipped, or Broke:
In this case, the first question to ask is how badly did it break? Is the tooth in pieces? Do you feel a great deal of pain?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then give us a call right away.
If you answered no, this probably isn’t a dental emergency. A chipped or broken tooth will have to be dealt with, of course. Leaving it unattended for too long can risk infection.
However, rest assured that waiting a few hours or days to get a minor chip or crack repaired will not be extremely problematic or dangerous. Do give us a call, though, and we’ll fit you in for a repair job that will have you feeling as good as new.
My Teeth Look Fine, But I’m In a Lot of Pain:
This pain can be a symptom of many different things. It may not even be a tooth problem, but something like gum disease. Untreated gum disease can become quite serious. Set up an appointment with us to get this looked at as soon as possible.
In the meantime, the best way to deal with this sort of problem, until a dentist can see you, is to continue with proper flossing and brushing.
No matter what the cause is, if you’re in pain, call us. We’ll diagnose and treat whatever it is that’s keeping you from living an unhampered life.