Like many people, you may not know right away what a dental emergency is off the top of your head. However, if you experienced one, you would certainly want to know how to determine its severity so that you could take care of it right away. Dental trauma can take on many different forms, and no two incidents are identical. Being able to recognize examples of dental trauma can not only help you preserve your tooth in the event of a dental emergency, but it can also help keep you healthy in the long run. When you experience a dental emergency that is due to trauma, we here at Rai Oral Surgery & Dental Implants have the skill and experience to quickly and carefully give you the treatment you require.
What is Dental Trauma?
When we have a patient in our office who is reporting that they have experienced dental trauma, it is vital that we can promptly assess it to give them the treatment that they need. In many cases, you have as little as a half an hour to get to our office so that we can help you preserve your tooth and keep it from becoming permanently lost. While some cases of dental trauma may be less urgent than others, when you come to our office, we will treat you with compassion to help you feel calm and at ease during your dental emergency.
Some types of dental trauma may not be an emergency, though it may feel like one at the time. For instance, a chipped tooth may or may not be an emergency. If you have an accident or sustain an injury that ends in a broken tooth, it is important to know if it is an emergency. If you are in pain, then yes, this is an emergency, and we need to see you right away.
This may mean that you have exposed your tooth root and are in danger of infection or losing your tooth. A large break in your tooth is also considered an emergency, and we will fit you in promptly if you experience this. A minor chip that does not hurt can wait until we can schedule you for a non-emergency dental appointment.
Another kind of dental trauma that requires us to treat you quickly is a lost tooth or partially dislodged tooth. If you are bleeding at all, then we need to see you now. If you have a tooth that has become dislodged, pick it up and gently rinse any debris off. Try to place it back into the socket. If it does not fit back in place, you can store it in your cheek, a glass of milk, or in a small amount of your saliva.
We need to see you within a half an hour to prevent this tooth loss from becoming permanent. If your tooth is only partially dislodged or becomes dislocated (known as avulsion), we also need to begin prompt treatment to help prevent loss of the tooth. Do not try to pull the tooth out or fuss with it, as that could make it worse.
Let Us Help You Today!
If you are experiencing dental trauma, you need to give us here at Rai Oral Surgery & Dental Implants a call at (757) 777-9883 immediately. We can help you assess the extent of the damage and get you started on accurate treatment to help save your tooth and your smile!