Accidents happen. Maybe your pick-up game of basketball got a little out of hand and you chipped a tooth, or you slipped when coming down the stairs. Or maybe when you woke up this morning, your mouth was in so much pain that you could hardly focus.
Whatever the case may be, when facing a dental emergency, it’s important that you know what to do.
Palm Harbor emergency dentist Dr. Paul Caputo has compiled a guide to emergency dentistry to help keep you healthy and safe.
A knocked-out or avulsed tooth requires urgent attention. It’s important that you follow these steps after losing a permanent tooth in order to save it:
If you have a tooth that has grown loose or fallen out of alignment, make an emergency dental appointment right away. You run the risk of knocking it out or losing it for good, so the sooner you get into the office, the better.
Meanwhile, try to push your tooth back in place with very light pressure, but don’t try and force it. Your dentist may want to place a splint on the tooth to keep it stabilized once you get into the office.
If you have a chipped tooth and it doesn’t hurt, you usually don’t need an emergency appointment and can wait a few days to see your dentist. However, it’s essential that you’re careful and don’t chip it more while chewing, speaking, or playing sports.
Cracked and fractured teeth, on the other hand, are serious problems that do require an emergency appointment. Call your dentist immediately for an appointment and then follow these steps:
Sometimes, it’s unclear whether or not you need to make an emergency dental appointment. Just to err on the side of caution, call your emergency dentist if you experience any of the following:
While we hope that all of our patients never need to make an emergency dental appointment, it’s our job to be here when they do. Give our office a call at 727-789-1333 if you need an emergency appointment, a consultation, or a regular checkup.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A