While they should all be treated eventually, dental emergencies come in a range of severity. Some can wait a few days until they’re checked out while others should be handled as soon as possible for the sake of your health. So how do you know the difference? If you’re ever in doubt your best bet is to call me at Uproot Dental and ask. But to give you some guidance for now, these are some common dental emergencies that you definitely shouldn’t ignore.

Broken Tooth
Teeth are strong, but they’re definitely not invincible. A broken tooth can be quite painful. Besides that, the damage can extend deep into the tooth where the potential consequences are more severe. Rinse with warm water and keep your mouth clean.

Knocked-Out Tooth
After we’ve lost our baby teeth, our adult teeth are meant to last us the rest of our life. It may seem like a pretty tall order but it’s true! If for some reason one of your permanent teeth is knocked out, then that’s definitely a reason to go see a dentist. And the faster the better! If you can locate the knocked-out tooth, gently rinse off the dirt with water or milk without touching the root. Hold the tooth by the crown and try to slip it back into the socket. If this isn’t possible, put it in a cup of milk or hold it in your mouth against your cheek to keep the tooth root alive. The sooner you get to the office, the better chance we have of saving the tooth.

Dental Abscess
An abscessed tooth is one that has a serious infection. Some common signs of a dental abscess are pain, swollen gums, discoloration, bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth. If left to develop, an abscess can even become life-threatening if the infection spreads and causes sepsis!

We Take Emergencies Seriously
Remember, when it comes to your oral health, ignorance isn’t bliss. It’s better to see a dental professional when you have an emergency so they can remedy the situation as quickly as possible This will help you steer clear of additional stress, time wasted, and money spent. If you have any one of the previously mentioned dental emergencies and you need some help, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Here are some simple precautions you can take to avoid accident and injury to the teeth:
• Wear a mouth guard when participating in sports or recreational activities.
• Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy, all of which can crack a
tooth.
• Use scissors, NEVER your teeth, to cut things.