Imagine this: It’s the first day of your summer vacation. The fresh ocean breeze and the sound of the waves find you completely relaxed in a hammock beneath a palm tree. Without a care in the world, you take a sip of the ice-cold beverage in your hand and suck in a piece of ice to munch on. You crunch away until suddenly you hear a loud CRUNCH and instantly experience unbearable pain. You are almost certain that one tooth is broken. What will you do?
When you have extreme pain, bleeding, a knocked-out tooth, or your tooth has been displaced but is still in the gums, then you need to get in touch with a dentist right away.
Most dentists set aside some time in their day open precisely for emergency patients. Just call your dentist, explain the situation, and you should be able to be seen. If your accident occurs at night, visit the emergency room.
A chipped tooth may be an emergency to some people simply for aesthetic reasons, but in case there is no pain, then it is not necessary to rush to the dentist. Your dentist will schedule an appointment with you to get the tooth fixed as soon as possible because they understand the urgency. When you call your dentist, the receptionist will most likely ask you a series of questions that will help determine if the situation is truly an emergency and how quickly you need care.
If your teeth are knocked in or are suddenly displaced within the gums, they must be put back into place as soon as possible. If the roots are exposed, the delicate cells on the tooth roots will dry out and die after a certain period of time which may lead to tooth death. To prevent this, push your tooth back into place by holding the crown—never the roots. Once your tooth is pushed back into place, gently bite onto a washcloth and make sure you see a dentist immediately.
Emergency care is also required in case of severe bleeding of the gums or teeth. If you have been cut on your gums or inside your mouth and no teeth are harmed, a visit to the emergency room is suitable. If your teeth have been affected, a dentist can help. If you are not sure, call your doctor or dentist and explain your condition. Gums that consistently bleed may be a sign of gingivitis and should be taken care of as soon as possible by a dentist.
If you experience sudden, extreme pain, it can be a sign that something needs immediate attention. You may have exposed tooth roots or a crack that can become infected and can lead to worse problems if it is not taken care of right away. MOTRIN® or ibuprofen can help manage your pain in the moments before your emergency dental appointment.
What To Do If The Damage Has Been Done
If your tooth dies and it is still in place, it can still function properly, but it will always have a darker shade than the other teeth. However, you should not keep a dead tooth in your mouth because the lack of circulation can be a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Dr. Manfredi has options for tooth replacement, (such as porcelain veneers and dental implants), that will restore your smile and significantly boost your confidence.
In case you have any situation that requires a dental emergency care, please get in touch with Artista Dental Studios at (347) 318-5514 and we will schedule an appointment with you immediately!