If you are experiencing a dental emergency, don’t wait to seek help. Our emergency dentist in Green Spring Dental Care in Clarksville is available to provide emergency treatment for a wide range of dental issues.
What is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is any situation that requires immediate attention from a dentist. This especially includes pain that will not go away, or that is too severe to bear. If you suspect you have a dental infection or feel you have a dental condition that could worsen quickly, this could also be considered a dental emergency. Dental emergencies can include:
– Severe toothache
Many things can cause a toothache, including cracked or broken teeth, infection, or tooth decay.
– Swelling of the gums
Swelling of the gums might indicate an infection. Or that you need professional teeth cleaning. If the swelling includes tremendous pain or affects a large area of your gums, you should seek immediate dental care.
– Trauma to the mouth, teeth, or jaw
Damaged teeth can mean a lot of pain. It’s best to seek professional treatment to ensure the damage will not cause more problems.
– Lost or broken teeth
If you receive professional dental treatment soon enough after the injury, we can save the natural tooth in some cases.
– Dental infection
An infection can quickly spread. You need to receive professional dental care as soon as possible if you have an infection.
What Can I Do to Relieve Pain in a Dental Emergency?
If you are experiencing pain, you can do a few things to help relieve the pain. You can:
– Rinse your mouth with warm water
– Apply a cold compress to the area
– Take over-the-counter pain medication
What Can I Do to Save a Tooth in a Dental Emergency?
If you have a broken or lost tooth, there are a few things you can do to try and save the tooth. You can:
– Rinse the tooth and place it in a cup of milk
Use cool water if you need to rinse off the tooth, and try not to touch the lower or root tooth portion, as this area contains delicate nerve tissues. If possible, place the tooth back in the socket, ensuring it faces the correct way. If it won’t go back in, keep it in a cup of milk and call us. We will do what we can to provide you with emergency dental service as quickly as possible. If we can work on the tooth within about an hour of it coming out, we might be able to save it. If we cannot save it, we have many effective dental restoration options to replace the tooth.
– Get to us so that we can apply dental cement to the tooth
If a piece of your tooth breaks off, time is of the essence. Call us as soon as possible and hold onto any broken tooth pieces. If we can work on the tooth quickly enough, we might cement the broken piece back in place and save the tooth.
What Can I Do to Avoid a Dental Emergency?
There are a few things you can do to help prevent dental emergencies, mainly along with good preventative dentistry. You can:
– Brush and floss your teeth twice a day
Good oral health ensures excellent dental hygiene and prevents tooth decay, which can be very painful.
– Avoid eating hard or sticky foods
Teeth can break easier than you might think. Chew slowly if you are eating things like hard candies or popcorn, which may have unpopped kernels.
– Wear a mouthguard if you play sports
You can buy a mouth guard at a sporting goods store, and you can also have them custom-made for your teeth to provide better protection.
– See your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
These checkups and cleanings help us spot and prevent dental problems that can escalate into emergencies.
Emergency Dentist in Clarksville
If you need emergency dental care, our team is here to help. Dr. Basil Saiedy is a board-certified emergency dentist who has years of experience treating dental emergencies. He and his team are dedicated to providing quality care and helping you get back to your everyday life.