A Few Questions About Your Dental Emergency

While not everyone experiences a dental emergency, they’re common enough that you may at some point in your life if you haven’t already. For example, even if you take excellent care of your teeth, you might still suffer from accidental trauma or a failed restoration that immediately puts your tooth at risk. If you have a dental emergency, then seeking treatment from your dentist and dental team as soon as possible is the best way for you to deal with it.

How do I know if I have an emergency?

In many cases, it may not be immediately obvious that you have a dental emergency unless it causes severe discomfort. Yet, despite severe tooth pain, other emergencies can include bleeding or swelling in your oral tissues, a failed restoration in your tooth, a severe case of tooth infection or gum disease, and more.

Are emergencies preventable?

Unlike more common dental health issues, dental emergencies aren’t typically preventable. However, if your teeth are as strong and healthy as they should be, then you have a reduced risk of suffering catastrophic tooth damage or infection. This means that, even if you do experience an emergency, your teeth will have a much better chance at not sustaining catastrophic damage.

What should I do if my tooth is knocked out?

While quick restorative treatment, your dentist can fix your tooth even if it’s significantly damaged. However, if your tooth is knocked out of its socket, then you may need to have it replaced to restore your bite’s function. If you find the tooth and it’s still whole, then carefully rinse it under warm water (taking care not to touch the roots), store it in a small container of milk, and bring it with you to your emergency appointment.

Schedule an Emergency Dental Treatment Today

A dental emergency can be frightening as well as painful, but with the right care and prompt attention, you have a great chance at saving your smile. To learn more, schedule an appointment 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.