When You Have a Dental Emergencies,
You Can Count on Sharon Dental. Call Us !
What if you encounter a dental emergency on a holiday, weekend, or in the middle of the night? If you or any of your loved ones are dealing with a severe dental emergencies outside normal office hours, you will likely need an emergency dental appointment at Sharon Dental.
If you are dealing with a dental problem, we want you to know that at Sharon Dental we offer prompt emergency dental care.
It’s important to understand the difference between a standard dental issue that can wait until morning and a real emergency that can threaten your health or cost you a tooth. Here’s what you should know about recognizing dental emergencies.
How to Know if It’s a Dental Emergency
If the problem can wait until Dr. Paul Elliott can see you in the next couple of days, it isn’t a dental emergency. Sometimes problems that seem critical can actually wait for a day or so, as long as you take care of yourself. To help you determine if you can wait to be seen by one of our dentists at Sharon Dental or if you need to take a trip to the ER, ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you in severe pain? Severe pain and bleeding are signs of an emergency.
- Have you lost a tooth? Fast treatment can potentially save a tooth.
- Do you have loose teeth? Adults should never lose teeth. A loose tooth, even without pain, is a serious problem.
- Do you have an infection? An abscess or serious infection in your mouth can be potentially life-threatening, and treatment should not wait. You may notice swelling or knots on your gums or swelling around the face.
- Are you bleeding from the mouth? This is a potential sign of an emergency.
If you have any of these symptoms, you may be experiencing a dental emergency. Call Sharon Dental immediately and describe what happened.
Common Dental Emergencies
If you’re suffering from any of the following common dental emergencies, here’s what you need to know about caring for the problem until you can get to a dentist at Sharon Dental.
Quick action after a tooth has been knocked out, allows Sharon dentist, Dr. Paul Elliott to reinsert and preserve your tooth. Carefully pick up the tooth by the crown or the top, taking care not to touch the root, and carefully rinse it without scrubbing. If possible, reinsert the tooth in the socket. If you can’t, place the tooth in a small container of milk and get to the dentist quickly to increase the chances of saving your tooth.
Cracked or Chipped Tooth
If you have a very painful or serious fracture, clean your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to the outside of your face to reduce swelling. Take acetaminophen for the pain but avoid using a painkiller or numbing gel because it can damage your gums.
A dental abscess is a severe and potentially life-threatening condition in which a pocket of pus in the tooth has led to an infection. A tooth abscess may cause fever, tooth sensitivity to hot and cold, a persistent toothache, tender lymph nodes in your neck, swelling in the face, and a pimple-like bump on your gums near the infected tooth. This condition is an emergency as the infection can spread into your jaw, surrounding tissue, and to other areas of the body. Before you can see a Sharon Dental dentist, rinse your mouth with mild salt water several times to reduce the pain and draw the pus to the surface.