Accidents by definition can’t be predicted. Whether you’re in a car or on the soccer field, suddenly bleeding from your mouth, losing a tooth, or feeling excruciating pain can throw you into a panic. At Mitchell & Crosby Family Dentistry in Casa Grande, Arizona, an emergency dentist is always on hand to handle such cases and preserve your teeth. If you suspect that your injury warrants a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to call the clinic or book online today.
Emergency Dentist Q & A
What is emergency dentistry?
Emergency dentistry is the discipline of dentistry focused on injuries that need immediate care. Since emergencies aren’t predictable and can happen at any time without warning, the team at Mitchell & Crosby Family Dentistry leaves appointment slots open in case of emergencies.
Going to an emergency dentist could save your tooth if it was knocked out entirely, and it can save you lots of dental work and time in the future by preventing further damage. An emergency dentist can:
- Reattach a missing part of a tooth
- Place a tooth back in its socket with a stabilizing splint
- Reposition a tooth to ease nerve pain
- Fill in cracks and other damage exposing the nerve
Time is of the essence when dealing with a dental emergency, so you should seek treatment as quickly as possible.
What should I do before I get to the emergency dentist?
The actions that you take following a dental emergency have an effect on the success of your emergency dental care. Immediately following an accident or injury, you should:
- Place your knocked-out tooth in its socket and bite down on gauze
- Keep your knocked-out tooth or partial tooth in milk
- Apply a cold, wet compress to the source of bleeding
- Avoid touching an exposed tooth root
If you’re unsure whether to seek emergency dental care, call Mitchell & Crosby Family Dentistry for an over-the-phone assessment.
Does my problem call for a trip to the emergency dentist?
In order to save yourself time and money, it’s important to know the types of injuries that constitute dental emergencies and those that can wait. Many types of accidents and injuries can result in a chipped or cracked tooth, but these injuries aren’t always emergencies.
You should visit an emergency dentist if you:
- Knock a tooth out completely
- Are bleeding a lot
- Have loose adult teeth
- Feel severe tooth pain
Even if you don’t knock out a tooth entirely, you might be in severe pain from nerve damage to a tooth that was chipped, broken, or abscessed. However, if you injure a tooth but don’t feel pain or sensitivity, you likely don’t need emergency care.
If your mouth is bleeding or you feel excruciating pain after an injury, call Mitchell & Crosby Family Dentistry immediately for emergency dental care.