Urgent and Emergency Dentistry With Vero Dental
Common Dental Emergencies We Can Help With
Chipped, Broken, or Cracked Tooth
In the event of a cracked, chipped, or broken tooth, get straight to a dentist. The sooner treatment happens, the better. What you can do beforehand is find the broken tooth fragments and place them in cold milk to preserve them. You can also rinse your mouth out with water.
Never ignore a crack or chip, because if the damage is deep enough to expose the dental pulp, the tooth is in danger of infection, which can lead to the death of the pulp, a painful dental abscess, bone loss, and worse. We can usually repair a chipped front tooth with dental bonding or a filling.
If an entire permanent tooth is knocked out, get to the dentist as fast as you safely can, because the clock is ticking on the fate of that tooth. If the dentist sees you within an hour of the accident, the tooth can usually be saved. You can improve the tooth’s chances by putting it back in the socket and holding it in place with clean gauze or a washcloth. If it won’t go back in, storing it in cold milk will also help.
Do NOT handle a knocked out tooth by the root. Do NOT let it dry out. Do NOT scrub it clean or use any soap, alcohol, or peroxide on this. Doing any of these things will kill the root, and then it will be much harder or even impossible to successfully replant.
Loose or Dislodged Tooth
Some oral injuries can push teeth deeper into their sockets. Dr. Harris may be able to move the tooth back into place and stabilize it, but root canal treatment will most likely be necessary to save the tooth.
In cases where a tooth is pushed partially out of its socket, Dr. Harris may stabilize it, and if the pulp wasn’t damaged, it might need no further treatment. If the pulp was damaged, however, it will need root canal treatment. Leaving it untreated could lead to complications such as infection of the tooth and surrounding tissue, inadequate hygiene, and tooth loss.