Dental emergencies tend to happen at the most unexpected times of the day and night. At Exceptional Dentistry, we are available for your emergency dental care needs. While preventive care, such as good oral hygiene and visiting the dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings, are the best ways to reduce your risk of needing emergency care, accidents still happen. Whether you break a tooth in an accident or experience a toothache over the weekend, we are here to help.
It can be challenging to know when you need an emergency dentist or if your dental problem can wait until the earliest available appointment.
Yes, even if your tooth got knocked out of the socket, you should still see the dentist. It may not be a lost cause yet! As soon as your tooth is knocked out, place it in a cup or sealed baggie with milk or your own saliva to keep it moist. Bring it with you to your appointment to see if the dentist can save your tooth with a root canal and by reattaching the soft tissues surrounding the tooth. If you do not have a way to preserve your tooth, gently place it back into its socket, but please avoid eating so that you do not accidentally swallow your tooth.
However, if your tooth is infected, the ER doctor may prescribe antibiotics to settle the infection so that you can seek treatment at your dentist’s office sooner. If this is the case for you, be sure to follow up with your dentist as soon as possible. Although antibiotics may help ease your pain by reducing the infection, it does not mean that the problem is solved. The pain and infection will return if you do not seek treatment at the dentist.