Speedy Treatment for Dental Emergencies
A dental emergency can be alarming. Whether you have a toothache, a broken tooth, a knocked out tooth, or another dental concern, you may suffer significant discomfort. Additionally, you may worry about the long-term effects that such damage can have on your smile. At Pure Smile Dental, we are ready to provide urgent dental care when you and your loved ones need it most. We will get you in for an appointment as soon as possible. Dr. Lo and her team can also provide tips to reduce discomfort and the risk of lasting damage before you come to the office.
Treatment for All Types of Dental Emergencies
We treat a full range of dental emergencies. The most common urgent concerns include:
- Knocked out or lost teeth
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Objects stuck between teeth
- Mouth sores or damage to the gums
The exact treatment will depend on your particular emergency, and we will carefully evaluate your needs before recommending an appropriate procedure. For most cases of tooth damage or progressive infection, common treatments may include root canal therapy, fillings, and dental crowns.
Caring for Your Tooth Before Your Appointment
In some cases, proper care at home before you visit our office can save your smile. When you call us to schedule an appointment, we will advise you about the best way to care for your tooth before your visit. For example, some common emergency scenarios include:
- Toothache: You can often reduce discomfort with non-prescription pain medication.
- Knocked out tooth: Pick up the tooth by the crown without disturbing the dental root. Gently rinse it off. If possible, place it back in the socket, lightly biting down to keep it in place. If you are unable to do this, keep the tooth in a container of milk or a saline solution and bring it to your appointment. In some cases, Dr. Lo may be able to reposition the tooth in your gums.
- Cracked tooth: Rinse out your mouth and gather any pieces that have broken off from your tooth. Bring the pieces to your appointment.
- Something stuck between teeth: You can try to dislodge the object with thorough flossing. However, you should never try to remove it with a sharp or pointed instrument, as this can damage your gums.