Dental emergencies span the urgency spectrum from “Get me to an urgent care dentist now!” to “This toothache can wait until the Monday if I take enough Advil.” At Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL we remind you that just because a tooth issue can wait until next week, it doesn’t mean it should.
Emergencies are never convenient. If they were, they might not be considered emergencies. Knowing what to do in case of a dental emergency can make the difference between losing a tooth and saving one.
A knocked out tooth is one of the most serious emergencies there is. All it takes is one rough tackle or an elbow to the jaw. If you have a knocked out tooth, time is of the essence. If possible, put the tooth back into your jaw, making sure not to touch its root. Otherwise, keep it between your cheek and gums, or even in some milk. The important thing is to make a beeline for our office. If you see us within an hour of your accident, chances are good the tooth can be saved.
A cracked tooth should also be addressed quickly. The first thing you should do is rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Cold compresses can help to keep the swelling down. It’s also time to head for our office.
Remember, they are called emergencies for a reason. At Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL we offer emergency dentistry, and people from North Athens, East Mooresville, and South Cullman have turned to us for urgent care. They also come to us for restorative dentistry and other services. Schedule a checkup with us today!