Emergency: Contact Us Immediately If you sustain an injury to your mouth you know that a trip to the dentist is urgently needed. What about other aches and pains? How do you know when emergency dental treatment is necessary? If you experience any of the problems outlined below, you should contact your dentist immediately.
If you lose a tooth, pick it up by the crown and try to place it in the socket or place it in a glass of milk. If you get to the dentist within 30 minutes the dentist may be able to reimplant it.
Broken or chipped teeth can often be repaired. If possible, save the chip.
Broken brace wires can become embedded in the soft tissues of your mouth. Do not remove them yourself – see us immediately.
Some problems do not require urgent care but do need attention:
Swelling and pain should never be ignored, even if the pain is manageable. A dentist can identify the problem and prevent an infection from spreading.
Loose teeth can be a sign of disease and should be examined.
Children who lose a primary tooth early may need a spacer (space maintainer) to stop other teeth from drifting into the gap.
Don’t leave any space between your teeth can lead to food entrapment daily.
If you need to floss in the same place after every meal, treatment is needed.
Bleeding gums can be a sign of gum disease and should be checked by a dentist.
Pain with cold stuff, hot stuff & sweets means there is something wrong is going on and you should be checked with a dentist to prevent it from getting worse.
When in doubt about an emergency always contact us for advice on whether immediate treatment is needed.