Many people think urgent care or emergency care is intended only for severe issues, like serious lacerations or having a tooth knocked out. But the truth is, lots of dental issues require urgent care. Some of the most common urgent care needs include:
Abscesses and infections
Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
Lost or damaged restorations, including dental implants, dentures, bridges, fillings, crowns, and veneers
Deep cuts or lacerations
Teeth that are “knocked loose” or twisted
Any issue that causes pain, unusual symptoms, or affect the way you chew or swallow
In general, any time you have an issue that’s unusual or causes you concern, call the office and ask for guidance about getting the treatment and care you need.
Having an adult tooth knocked out can be scary. But the good news is, if you take a few important steps, there’s a good chance a healthy adult tooth will be able to be replanted. First, when handling the tooth, be careful not to touch the roots. If the roots are damaged, the tooth probably won’t reattach. Gently rinse the tooth to remove dirt, then place it back in the socket or between the gum and cheek. If that’s not possible, keep it moist in a glass of milk or water and head right to the office or to the nearest emergency room.
First, call the office to schedule the first available appointment. Then, try rinsing your mouth with a salt and water solution to help reduce inflammation and swelling. To relieve discomfort, take an over-the-counter pain medication. You can also apply an ice pack or cold compress to your cheek to help relieve pain.
To prevent dental emergencies, Dr. Sodergren and Dr. Gur-Arie recommend taking good care of your teeth and gums. When you have healthy teeth and gums, they’re stronger and less likely to become damaged by decay, infection, or even trauma. During sports and other physical activities, it’s also important to wear a mouthguard that’s customized specifically for your mouth to provide protection. And of course, don’t use your teeth as tools to open lids or pry objects. Finally, call the office at the first sign of an oral health issue.
At First Impressions Dental Care, we accept most insurance plans. Please contact our office if you do not see your provider listed.
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