What to Know About Dental Emergencies

Summertime is in full swing, which means planned vacations and spontaneous adventures. Often, dental accidents occur at the most inopportune times, including when people are on vacation. Dentists are often asked, “What can I do to preserve my teeth if a dental emergency or mouth injury occurs?” Dental emergencies can happen without any warning, so it is important to be prepared.

Types of Dental Emergencies

There are many types of dental emergencies to be aware of, but the most important thing to remember is to call the dentist immediately to set up an emergency appointment. Here is a list of just some of the dental emergencies you or a loved one might experience.

With any traumatic jaw injury, there is always the possibility of injury to other parts of the head and neck, including concussion. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to be evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible. Most emergency rooms have an oral surgeon on-call that can reposition and stabilize fractured jaws.

The treatment for fractured teeth depends on the type and location of the fracture. Call the dentist as soon as possible and, if available, bring any tooth fragment with you as sometimes the fragment can be bonded to the tooth.

One of the most common causes of tooth pain is dental decay, which left untreated, can lead to infection. Signs of infection are swelling, fever, and severe pain. Cleansing the mouth with warm salt water can sometimes soothe a painful toothache. If you suspect infection, call your dentist immediately.

The following recommendations are for permanent teeth only. Never try to place a baby tooth back in the mouth. The loss of a permanent tooth requires rapid attention and action. The best chance to save the tooth is within the first 20 minutes. If you are able to locate the missing tooth, pick the tooth up by the crown of the tooth (Do not touch the root!), rinse briefly and gently in water,  and place it back into its socket. Then gently bite on gauze or paper towels. If you are not comfortable putting the tooth back in or are unable to put the tooth back, place the permanent tooth into a cup of milk, and go immediately to the dentist.

How We Can Help with Dental Emergencies

At Bumgardner Family Dental, we understand that accidents can happen. If you are in need of emergency dental care, call Bumgardner Family Dental immediately. Our friendly staff is here to help you and your family with any emergency dental care. Because dental emergencies often occur outside normal business hours, we have an after hours emergency messaging system. Additionally, for quick reference, the ToothSOS app (App Store / Google Play) can be a helpful tool for parents in determining how to handle incidents of dental trauma.

About Bumgardner Family Dental

Located in Carencro, Louisiana, Bumgardner Family Dental provides multiple dental services, such as general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, and pediatric dentistry. The mission of Bumgardner Family Dental is to help you create a smile that will last a lifetime, so let us help you.  For inquiries about our dental services or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.