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What to Do in a Dental Emergency

Dental emergencies are often unexpected and can cause a great deal of panic when they arise. However, you can save yourself from unnecessary stress if you’re well-versed in how to handle them. We’ve compiled this list of a few common dental emergencies and the best ways to approach them.

Broken Tooth

When you have a chipped or broken tooth, the most important thing to do is save every piece. In doing so, your chances of saving your natural tooth are higher. Place the tooth particles in a safe container for transportation and come see us at Amber Hills Dental! We are open 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. When possible, we offer same-day appointments to provide prompt emergency dental care.

Knocked-Out Tooth

The important thing to do when you have a knocked-out tooth is to preserve it by keeping it moist. Handle the tooth only by its crown (chewing surface), rinse it very gently with milk or water to rid it of any unwanted particles that may be on it, and attempt to gently and correctly reposition it back into its socket. If that is not possible, place the tooth in a small container with milk and get to our office immediately.

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Severe Toothaches

If you’re experiencing recurring tooth pain, gently floss around the affected area to ensure there are no stuck food particles causing your discomfort. Also, rinse your mouth with warm salt water. If you are sure there is nothing stuck, schedule an appointment with Dr. Villamayor to rule out significant infection.

Lost Dental Restoration

Restorations are critical to your dental health and losing them can cause significant damage if they’re not replaced as soon as possible. More often than not, your restoration is protecting an already sensitive or damaged tooth and further exposure can be detrimental. At the first sign of a dental crown loosening or a filling falling out, call us. If it is already off of your tooth, save all portions that you can and schedule an appointment immediately.

Call Us ASAP!

In any instance, the most important thing to do in a dental emergency is to contact us. Even if you’re not sure whether your case is urgent, it is best to get our professional opinion. Our Amber Hills Dental team is here to treat your all your dental issues. Contact us for more tips to handle a dental emergency or to schedule your next appointment.