Dental emergencies come in various forms, including knocked-out teeth, loose teeth, damaged prosthetics, and severe toothaches. If you or a loved one experience a dental emergency, act quickly to prevent further complications. At Prabhdeep K Gill, DDS, Fresno, California, Dr Gill and her caring team diagnose and treat dental emergencies to preserve their patients’ smiles. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
If you’ve been in an accident or suffered a trauma, head to your nearest emergency room.
What are dental emergencies?
Dental emergencies are frightening and usually painful. They require prompt diagnosis and treatment to alleviate discomfort and ensure that your teeth have the best possible chance of survival.
Dental emergencies occur for various reasons, including trauma, grinding your teeth or biting down on hard objects, and oral health problems.
Regardless of the type of dental emergency you experience, it’s essential to act quickly. Making it to our dental office within an hour of your crisis could mean the difference between saving or losing a permanent tooth.
How do I know if my situation is a dental emergency?
We define dental emergencies as one or more of the following:
- Severe tooth pain and jaw pain
- Swelling of the mouth, lips or jaw
- Gum and pulpal abscesses
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Broken dental restoration or filling
- A broken dental crown, filling or veneer
- Broken braces
However, there is always a gray area. If you’re not sure whether your situation is an emergency, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible. Our dental team can assess your situation and make the appropriate recommendations.
If our team notes that you do not have a fever or pain, scheduling an appointment is more likely. However, if you have pain, swelling, or your situation is deemed an emergency by our team, Dr Gill would want to see you promptly!
Knocked Out Tooth? Here’s what to do.
Often, with prompt dental intervention, a lost tooth can be saved and reattached. It requires a skilled emergency dentist, and for several actions to be taken as soon os the tooth falls out.
Here is what you should do in the first moments after losing a tooth:
- Pick up the tooth but avoid touching the root if possible
- Rinse the tooth gently with water
- Try to reposition the tooth in the socket quickly
- Keep the tooth wet or moist with milk, water or saliva
- See our emergency dentist as soon as possible
Is there any way to avoid dental emergencies?
Unfortunately, there’s no way to avoid dental emergencies entirely. However, there are steps you can take to significantly lower your risk. If you play sports or lead a physically active lifestyle, Dr.Gill recommends wearing a mouthguard. If you grind your teeth or clench your jaw during sleep, you might benefit from wearing a nightguard.
Practicing good oral hygiene can lower your risk of severe toothache or gum disease. Make sure to brush twice a day, floss regularly, and visit your dentist once every six months for a professional cleaning and exam.
To learn more about the treatment options for dental emergencies, call the office or book a consultation online today.