At Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics, we’re here for our patients at all times, especially during dental emergencies. Unfortunately, oral health isn’t always predictable. Taking a bad fall or getting into a car accident can cause you to knock out or damage a tooth or an untreated cavity might lead to a tooth infection. Whatever the circumstance for your dental emergency, our emergency dentists in Spokane Valley are here to help. Find out if you have a dental emergency and what you should do if you have one.
What’s Considered a Dental Emergency?
There are several types of conditions we would consider as a dental emergency. Generally, any oral health problem that causes severe pain, excessive bleeding, infection, or a loose or missing tooth is a dental emergency. Some of the most common types of dental emergencies that require same-day treatment are as follows.
When a tooth becomes knocked out, it’s crucial to seek medical attention as soon as possible to reattach the tooth. There is a one to two-hour window after the tooth becomes knocked out before the tooth will not reattach.
If you knock out a tooth, stay calm. Rinse your mouth with warm water and then apply gauze with light pressure to stop the bleeding. Look for the knocked-out tooth and carefully pick it up by the crown (top) and rinse in water. Then place the tooth in a cup of milk, saliva, or water with a pinch of salt. Please contact our emergency dentists in Spokane immediately to meet us at our office. We will then try to reattach your tooth.
Damaged or Missing Crown, Bridge, Filling
If a dental restoration like a crown, bridge or filling becomes cracked or damaged in any way, our dentists will need to treat you promptly, especially if the restoration comes completely off. The purpose of these restorations is to restore your tooth’s strength or health or replace it altogether. When the restoration becomes damaged, it’s just as bad as damaging a natural tooth. Please contact our dental office if one of your restorations becomes damaged. The sooner we treat the issues, the less likely it will cause other problems to your teeth. If it becomes loose or falls out, you can secure it with sugar-free chewing gum until you can make it to our dental office.
Abscess or Swelling
Another dental emergency that requires immediate attention is a tooth abscess. Tooth abscesses occur when a bacterial infection causes a pocket filled with pus to develop near the top of the tooth root or adjacent to the tooth on the gums. Tooth abscesses can occur due to poor oral hygiene, an untreated cavity, dry mouth, a high sugar diet or injury to the tooth. Common symptoms of a tooth abscess include temperature and pressure sensitivity, facial swelling, fever, and throbbing pain. When a ruptured abscess occurs, it’s common to experience a sudden rush of pain relief followed by foul taste in the mouth. This is the release of salty fluid inside the abscess from rupturing.
One of our top dental emergencies we see at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics is toothaches. Before you contact us for a toothache, it’s important to figure out if there are any pieces of food or debris in the teeth. You can try to dislodge anything that’s stuck by swishing water around in your mouth, brushing your teeth and flossing. If the toothache doesn’t go away after doing this, it’s likely there’s something else going on.
If a tooth has become partially dislodged away from the socket, please contact us for a visit immediately. Until you make it to our office, apply a cold compress on the outside of your mouth on the cheek to keep swelling down.
Although an orthodontic emergency usually doesn’t cause severe pain or bleeding, it can disrupt your treatment. If you break a bracket or have a poking wire from your braces or damaged or lose an Invisalign aligner, it’s an emergency. Please contact us to resolve your problems so your treatment isn’t disrupted.