Just because it’s a dental emergency doesn’t mean you should panic. On the contrary, keeping a cool head and acting calmly, but quickly, can help you save your smile in the face of an emergency. If your tooth suffers damage, or you develop a sudden, severe toothache and aren’t sure why, then you should visit Dr. Cain for an emergency dental visit immediately. Until you make it to our office, however, you can find temporarily relief and increase your chances of preserving your smile with some advice from your Miller dentist.
Keep Calm and Save Your Smile
- If your tooth is chipped, it might not generate discomfort, depending on how big of a pieced chipped off. Other than altering the tooth’s appearance, some cases might not equal an emergency, especially if only the enamel chips off. Nevertheless, ignoring a chipped tooth can allow the damage to grow worse, and it should be treated as soon as possible.
- If your tooth breaks or fractures from a sudden impact, you’ll probably know right away. If it happens without you realizing it, then sudden severe tooth pain can warn you. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water to clean away bacteria and debris, then call or visit our office as soon as possible.
- If your tooth is completely knocked out, you might still have a chance of saving it. Try placing the tooth back in its socket after thoroughly rinsing the tooth and your mouth. If it doesn’t fit, don’t force it, but rather place it in a small container of milk and bring it with you to your emergency visit.
What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?
Not every toothache constitutes an immediate emergency, but if not treated, your tooth can eventually face a serious threat. For instance, a mild cavity can make your tooth only slightly sensitive, but if ignored, the cavity, or hole in your tooth, can grow and threaten the tooth’s existence. Even if you can stand the discomfort, schedule a consultation with Dr. Cain as soon as possible if one or more of your teeth become sensitive to pressure, sweet foods and beverages, or hot and cold temperatures.
About Your Miller, IN Dentist:
As a native of northwest Indiana, Nicholas Cain, DDS, is dedicated to providing excellent general, preventive, and family dentistry services to the community that raised him. To schedule your family’s next dental appointment, call Healthy Smiles today at 219-938-2637.