Emergency Dentistry Q&A

From a broken tooth to a painful abscess, anyone can suffer an accident, injury, or infection that compromises their teeth and oral health. Dental emergencies often necessitate quick care to save teeth. If you find yourself facing a dental emergency, call Monleudy Bracken, DDS, and the emergency dentist team at Vibrant Smile Dentistry in Norfolk, Virginia. The team can handle a range of dental emergencies, delivering prompt care in a compassionate environment. Call or book online today.

What is a dental emergency?

Accidents can – and do – happen to everyone. A blow to the face, biting down on something hard, or developing a toothache can all cause painful damage. A dental emergency is an incident that poses a risk of permanent damage to your teeth or your mouth.

The Vibrant Smile Dentistry team is prepared to treat many common dental emergencies, including:

  • Abscess
  • Avulsed teeth (knocked-out teeth)
  • Broken teeth
  • A tooth in need of extraction
  • Facial swelling
  • Severe mouth pain

Wisdom teeth often cause dental emergencies. You could develop an infection, or an impacted wisdom tooth could cause severe jaw pain. Experiencing pain following surgery to extract a wisdom tooth can indicate an infection, which requires urgent attention.

Emergency dental care focuses on stopping bleeding, reducing pain, and saving natural teeth whenever possible. If you think you have an infection or you’ve suffered a mouth injury, receive care.

Do I need to see an emergency dentist?

Toothaches are a common complaint among people of all ages, but it’s not always easy to know when your tooth pain is a dental emergency. Some injuries can wait for a regular dental appointment, while others necessitate a trip to an emergency dentist.

An injury that causes severe pain and/or bleeding that doesn’t dissipate are signs that you shouldn’t wait to seek medical attention. A knocked-out tooth always requires emergency care.

An abscess or toothache that’s accompanied by a fever or bumps on your gums could indicate severe infection, which could become life-threatening if left untreated.

What should I do if my tooth gets knocked out?

Children naturally lose their primary (baby) teeth between the ages of six and 12. But if you’ve lost one or more permanent (adult) teeth, it’s a dental emergency. Acting quickly when you get a tooth knocked out gives you the best chance at saving the natural tooth.

If you suffer an injury that leaves you with an avulsed tooth, locate the tooth and rinse it to remove any visible dirt. Try to place it back inside the socket, but if that’s not possible, place the tooth in a glass of milk.

Use gauze or a cold tea bag to slow oral bleeding, and visit an emergency dentist at Vibrant Smile Dentistry as soon as possible. They may be able to save your tooth and put it back into place.

Seeking prompt care is important when you’re facing a dental emergency. For quick assistance, call Vibrant Smile Dentistry to learn more about emergency dental care. Online booking is also an option.

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