Dental Emergencies

Dental Emergencies can be painful. Luckily, scheduling your emergency dentist appointment doesn’t have to be. 

Dental emergencies are quite frightening and often painful.  Prompt treatment is critical to alleviate pain and to ensure the teeth have the best possible chance of survival. We understand this at Center Ridge Dental Professionals, and we are here to help. Our staff is here to schedule your emergency appointment and make sure you receive the care you need in time. Our emergency dentists are experts in dealing with a wide variety of dental emergencies and will do their best to restore your smile. Stop the pain and save your smile with our emergency dental services in North Ridgeville.

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What is a Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies are when there are dental complications that require immediate attention in order to minimize the risk of serious medical complications or long-term side effects. A good sign that something is a dental emergency is if there is severe pain. If left untreated the pain will most likely intensify and can cause serious risk to your health. Some common dental emergencies are:

·      Fractured or broken teeth

·      Tooth Avulsions

·      Infections

·      Damaged or lost filling, crowns, and cases

If you experience any of these or if you are experience severe pain in your teeth or gums schedule an appointment with one of our emergency dentists right away. 

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Avulsed Tooth (tooth knocked out) Emergency Dental Care

If a tooth has been knocked clean out of the mouth, it is essential to schedule an emergency dental care appointment immediately.  When a tooth exits the mouth, tissues, nerves and blood vessels become damaged.  If the tooth can be placed back into its socket within an hour by one of our emergency dentists, there is a chance the tissues will grow to support the tooth once again.

Here are some steps to take:

  1. Call an emergency dentist.
  2. Pick up the tooth by the crown and rinse it under warm water.  DO NOT touch the root.
  3. If possible, place it back into its socket – if not tuck it into the cheek pouch.
  4. If the tooth cannot be placed in the mouth, put the tooth into a cup of milk, saliva, or water as a last resort.  It is important to keep the tooth from drying out.
  5. Get to emergency dental care, quickly and safely.

The emergency dentist will try to replace the tooth in its natural socket.  In some cases, the tooth will reattach, but if the inner mechanisms of the teeth are seriously damaged, root canal therapy may be necessary.

Dislodged or Loose Teeth Emergency Dental Care

When a tooth has been dislodged or loosened from its socket by trauma or decay, it might be possible to save it.  If the tooth remains in the mouth and attached to the blood vessels and nerves, there is a good chance root canal therapy will not be necessary.

It is important to call emergency dental care immediately to make an appointment.  In the meantime, use a cold compress and over-the-counter medications to relieve pain.  As part of our emergency dental services our experts will reposition the tooth and add splints to stabilize it.  If the tooth fails to heal, root canal therapy may be required.

Lost Filling or Crown Emergency Dental Care

Usually, a crown or filling comes loose while eating.  Once it is out of the mouth, the affected tooth may be incredibly sensitive to temperature changes and pressure.  Crowns generally become loose because tooth decay causes the tooth to change shape  so the crown will no longer fit.

If a crown has dropped out of the mouth, make an appointment with our emergency dentists as soon as possible.  Keep the crown in a cool, safe place because there is a possibility that the dentist can reinsert it.  If the crown is out of the mouth for a long period of time, the teeth may shift or sustain further damage.

When the dentist is not immediately accessible, here are the steps to take:

  1. Apply clove oil to the tooth to alleviate pain.
  2. Clean the crown and affix it onto the tooth with dental cement.  This can be purchased at the local pharmacy.
  3. If the crown is lost, smear the top of the tooth with dental cement to alleviate discomfort.
  4. DO NOT use any kind of glue to affix the crown.

Our emergency dental care specialist will check the crown to see if it still fits.  If it does, it will be reattached to the tooth. Our emergency dentists will note any decay and treat it and a new crown will be made.

Cracked or Broken Teeth Emergency Dental Care

Teeth are generally strong as long as you are following the oral hygiene habits your dentist recommends. However, they are still prone to fractures, cracks, and breaks. Fractures and cracks can sometimes remain relatively painless, but if it extends down into the root, the pain will likely become extreme. Trauma, grinding, and biting are usually the cause of most fractures, cracks, and breaks. If any of these occur you must schedule an appointment with our emergency dental services as quickly as possible. 

After a Crack, Fracture or Break:

  1. Call an emergency dentist.
  2. Rinse the tooth fragment and the mouth with lukewarm water.
  3. Apply gauze to the area for ten minutes if there is bleeding.
  4. Place a cold, damp dishtowel on the cheek to minimize swelling and pain.
  5. Cover the affected area with over-the-counter dental cement if there is no way to see the dentist immediately.
  6. Take a topical pain reliever.

The nature of the break or fracture will limit what the dentist is able to do.  If a fracture or crack extends into the root, root canal therapy may be the only effective way to retain the tooth.  In the case of a complete break, our emergency dental services can usually affix the fragment back onto the tooth as a temporary measure.

Ready to Schedule Your Appointment with our Emergency Dentists?

With over 30 years of emergency dental care experience in the North Ridgeville area, Center Ridge Dental Professionals are here to take care of you. With affordable emergency dentists ready to help, there is no reason why you need suffer. We are prepared to help you through the pain of your dental emergency with our expert care and service.

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