By Dr. Mazhar Butt's Office
March 23, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Emergencies  

Dental Emergencies Don’t let a dental emergency catch you off guard.

There are a variety of different issues that arise that can be a true dental emergency. Here are some of the most common kinds that you might at some point be faced with:

  • Toothache
  • Fractured tooth
  • Knocked-out or dislodged tooth
  • Broken dental work (e.g., filling; crown)
  • Damaged or broken braces
  • Bitten tongue or cheek

If any of these dental situations happen to you, it’s time to take action and call your Carbondale dentist for help.

What can my Carbondale dentist do during a dental emergency?

There are plenty of things we can do to try to preserve the health of your natural smile. While some things do depend on you and how quickly you respond to your dental emergency, our goal is always to save your smile.

For toothaches, we will examine the tooth for cavities. If there are no visible signs of decay, then we may run X-rays to see if there is hidden decay or sign of an infection. Once we are able to pinpoint the cause of the pain we’ll be able to come up with a proper treatment plan, whether it’s to fill the cavity or perform a root canal to disinfect the tooth.

For a fractured tooth, there are two different scenarios: treatable and untreatable cases. Treatable cases are cracks that go to the pulp of the tooth, in which case a root canal is required. Untreatable cases are cracks that go below the gum line, in which cause the tooth cannot be repaired and needs to be extracted and replaced.

Damaged dental work or restorative work that has fallen out also is a cause for concern. If a filling has cracked or fallen out, we will replace it with a new filling; however, since bacteria and food can easily get trapped under a damaged filling, it’s important to see your Carbondale dentist right away if this happens to prevent a cavity from forming.

If a dental crown breaks, we will apply a temporary crown until another permanent one can be made. If the crown falls off, we can easily cement it back on.

What steps should I take if a dental emergency happens to me?

If you experience any pain you can opt for over-the-counter pain medications. You can also ice the swollen areas of the face, which may be the case if you’ve had a traumatic injury or damaging blow to your mouth. However, time is of the essence, especially for a knocked-out tooth. A knocked-out tooth can be saved if you see your dentist with an hour of the accident. Place the knocked-out tooth either back in the socket (after cleaning it) or if you can’t, place it in a container of milk and bring it to your dentist.

If you have a severely bitten tongue or cheek that doesn’t stop bleeding or is bleeding severely, then see your local emergency room for care.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to visit your Carbondale dentist, Dr. Mazhar Butt, DMD right away. That’s what we’re here for!