If you knock out a tooth or severely cut your tongue, it’s important to seek emergency dentistry services as soon as possible. Brett P. Lent, DDS at First Impression Dental in Fresno, California offers a full suite of emergency dentistry services and can help you minimize pain and swelling while encouraging a speedy recovery. To learn more about emergency dentistry, request an appointment by calling the office or walk in during normal business hours.
Emergency dentistry is a branch of oral health care focused on treating injuries and oral health problems that require immediate attention. If you chip a tooth after biting down on a hard object or you bite down on your tongue, you may not need to visit the dentist right away. However, if you lose a tooth, break the wires of your braces, or wake up with a severe toothache, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Left untreated, certain emergency situations can lead to more serious health problems, including permanent tooth loss.
Emergency dentistry diagnoses and treats an array of common oral health problems, including:
You might also benefit from emergency dentistry if you knock out a tooth as the result of a sports-related injury or an automobile accident.
If you knock out one of your permanent teeth, it’s important to act quickly. First, carefully pick up your tooth by its crown and rinse it off with cool tap water. After you clear away all of the dirt and debris, try to put the tooth back in its socket. If your tooth won’t stay in place, tuck it inside your cheek or put it in a glass of milk and call Dr. Lent right away.
Whenever possible, Dr. Lent provides same-day appointments. He’ll get you in as soon as possible, as it may mean the difference between saving and losing your permanent tooth.
There’s no way to prevent dental emergencies entirely. However, there are steps you can take to significantly lower your risk. For example, if you play contact sports such as hockey and football, or you enjoy mountain biking or skateboarding, you should always wear a mouthguard and proper protective gear.
If you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep, you might want to consider wearing a nightguard or participating in stress-relieving activities such as meditation. In addition, you can avoid toothaches or the need for an extraction by practicing good oral hygiene. Brush and floss your teeth regularly, visit the dentist once every six months for a professional cleaning, and avoid bad habits such as chewing on ice and biting your fingernails.
If you’re in need of emergency dentistry, contact First Impression Dental Fresno––call the office or walk in during normal business hours.