What does an emergency dentist do?
Emergency dentists treat mouth and dental injuries that require immediate attention. Most dental emergencies are situations in which you might lose a broken or knocked-out tooth for good. Making it to Lancaster Dental Group: A Wechsler Family Practice within 30 minutes of your tooth or mouth injury could mean the difference between saving or losing the tooth.
Are you in need of emergency dental care?
If you're worried about a severe mouth injury you or a family member has sustained, it's the right time to call an emergency dentist. Immediate treatment calls for immediate action. Common dental emergency situations include:
- Knocked-out teeth
- A loose permanent tooth
- Severe tooth or mouth pain
- Bleeding inside your mouth from your tongue, gums, or cheeks
- Trauma to your face or mouth
- Swelling in your tongue, gums, or mouth
- A badly cracked or broken tooth
- A tear or laceration on your lips
You may not be dealing with a dental emergency if you chip a tooth but it doesn't appear as if you'll lose the tooth entirely. Even so, you can't go wrong by calling an experienced dentist at Lancaster Dental Group: A Wechsler Family Practice. They're trained to handle dental emergencies and can walk you through what to do with your tooth until you can visit the office.
How should I handle a knocked-out tooth?
Quick action is imperative for a dental emergency like a knocked-out tooth. If you don't seek dental care right away, there's a chance you'll lose the tooth. In this situation, clean both the injured tooth and inside your mouth. Rinse your mouth and tooth with lukewarm water. Do your best to avoid touching the tooth's roots.
Hold the tooth by the crown (the smooth white top part) as you rinse it. If you can, hold the cleaned tooth by the crown and reinsert it into the empty socket. Bite down softly on a gauze pad to hold the tooth in place until you can get to Lancaster Dental Group: A Wechsler Family Practice. Call the office right away. Or, have a family member or friend call to let our staff know you're on your way.
If you are unable to place the tooth back into its socket, put your tooth in a small cup of milk to help preserve it until you get to the dental office. When you're facing a dental emergency, call Lancaster Dental Group: A Wechsler Family Practice for expert assistance.