Are you prepared to handle dental emergencies? Dr. Steven Christensen and Dr. Chad Coombs, your Layton, UT dentists, explain what you should do if you're faced with one of these common dental emergencies.
Knocked out tooth
Lost teeth can be reimplanted in some cases if you visit your Layton dentist within an hour after your accident. After you find the tooth, rinse it with water to remove any dirt or debris. Place it back in the socket, if you can, but don't worry if you can't. If the tooth won't fit in the socket, put it in a container with your own saliva or some milk.
Teeth can break if you experience a blow to the face or if a crack weakens a tooth. Broken teeth can be restored in many cases with a root canal and crown, although sometimes extraction is the only option. Take over-the-counter pain medication and use ice packs on your cheek next to your tooth. This can help reduce sensitivity and pain until you can get to the dentist's office.
Loosened teeth also need immediate dental attention. Don't wiggle them back and forth and avoid chewing on that side of your mouth.
Abscesses, infections deep inside teeth, are also dental emergencies. These infections are often much more painful than a toothache and can be accompanied by swollen lymph nodes in your jaw or neck, facial swelling, fever, inflamed gums or a pimple on your gum. If you have an abscess you should visit the dentist as soon as possible. You'll need to take antibiotics to treat your infection and will probably need a root canal.
We're here to help you if you have a dental emergency. Call Dr. Christensen and Dr. Coombs, your Layton, UT dentists, at (801) 889-1044 if you experience any of these emergencies.