Emergency Dentistry: Timely Intervention Can Save Your Natural Tooth
Dental emergencies can be traumatic, and could result in tooth loss if not treated in time. If you are in need of emergency dentistry in Wilmington, DE, our skilled doctors provide timely treatments that can save you from losing your teeth. Drs. Jeffrey J. Emmi, Laura Dougherty, and Jeffrey Bartoshesky offer a wide range of emergency dental services to help patients in their time of need at Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates.
Potential Dental Emergencies
A variety of situations and traumas can be considered a dental emergency:
Lost or Knocked-out Tooth
A knocked-out tooth does not necessarily mean tooth loss. If you have the tooth, with roots attached, and can get it to us quickly, we may be able to reattach the tooth and prevent tooth loss. If your tooth is knocked out and lost, you will require a restoration to replace the tooth.
A loosened tooth could fall out, so it is important to contact us right away. One of our doctors may splint your tooth to an adjacent tooth to stabilize it.
Chipped, Cracked, or Fractured Tooth
Chipped teeth are typically not painful and not considered a dental emergency. A cracked or fractured tooth, however, is painful and may be indicative of internal damage, so it is important to contact our office as soon as possible. When you come in for emergency treatment, we will take an x-ray to assess the damage. If the soft tissue inside the tooth (called the pulp) is damaged, you may need a root canal procedure. If the pulp is not damaged, you may just need a crown. In cases of severe fracture, we may not be able to save the tooth. Instead, an alternative dental restoration will be recommended.
Tissue Injury or Facial Pain
Any injury such as a puncture or laceration to the tissues inside your mouth, including your lips, cheeks, tongue, and gums, is considered a dental emergency and you should contact our office immediately.
An abscess is an infection that has spread to the root of the tooth and causes extreme pain when biting down. If left untreated, an abscess can be life threatening, so it is critical to call our office immediately for treatment.
Timely treatment can save all or most of a patient’s natural tooth after trauma. In some cases, emergency dental treatment can also save a patient’s life.
Signs of a Dental Emergency
Many times it is some sort of trauma that leads to dental emergencies; for example, an accident or a sports injury that knocks out your tooth. There are, however, other dental emergencies not linked to any trauma, so it is important to recognize their signs. You should contact Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates if you experience:
- Excessive bleeding from the mouth
- Severe pain in the mouth, face, or a tooth
- Loose tooth or teeth
- Swelling of the mouth or face
- Knots or swelling in the gums
- Extreme pain caused by hot or warm food and drinks
- Extreme pain and sensitivity to cold food, drinks, and breathing in cold air
Dental emergencies can be prevented, in part, through proper oral care and regular dental exams and cleanings. For emergencies that require immediate help, dentists at our practice have the expertise and experience to provide you with the best care in your time of need. Contact our office to learn more about our emergency dentistry services.