When a dental emergency strikes, saving your tooth is all about timing. While specific emergencies differ from patient to patient, most involve sudden, severe discomfort and/or damage to your tooth structure. Regardless of the nature of your emergency, addressing it as soon as possible is the best way to prevent it from becoming more severe. Today, we take a quick look at what emergency dental treatment often means, and how it could save your smile when it needs it most.
Relieving a Severe Toothache
Discomfort always signifies a problem, especially when it comes to your dental health. If you experience a sudden, severe toothache, then it could mean that the problem is also suddenly severe and you should visit your dentist as soon as possible. Depending on the cause, your dentist can recommend the most appropriate treatment to relieve it.
Fixing a Fractured Tooth
In most cases, a cracked or fractured tooth can be immediately exposed to internal infection. The fracture can leave the tooth’s pulp vulnerable to harmful oral bacteria, which can lead to the pulp tissues becoming infected. To prevent this, treating your tooth could require root canal treatment in addition to placing a custom dental crown over it.
Replacing a Knocked-Out Tooth
A tooth that’s been knocked out but is still in one piece can often be replanted into its socket, but only if you make it to an emergency dental visit as quickly as possible. Collect and rinse the tooth carefully, without touching its root, and place it in a small container of milk. Bring it with you and your dentist can attempt to replace it. If that doesn’t work, then your dentist can recommend replacing the tooth with a lifelike, implant-supported dental crown.
Call Us if You Have a Dental Emergency
If you experience a dental emergency, then schedule an appointment as soon as possible by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.