While many of us have probably thought about how to prepare for some emergency situations with more obvious solutions, dental emergencies can feel a bit more ambiguous in definition and solutions. Some may be easy to identify, but others can be more difficult, as you may not be sure if your pain or situation is abnormal. So, in today’s blog, your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist will explain what constitutes a dental emergency, and what to do if you find yourself with one.
Examples of Emergencies
When thinking about which dental situations might qualify as emergencies, your brain may jump to obviously severe issues such as breaking a tooth or knocking one out as the result of an impact. However, the definition of a dental emergency is any dental situation that has a negative effect on your oral health and will worsen if not dealt with right away. With that definition in mind, some examples of situations that necessitate emergency dentistry would include:
- Breaking a tooth (no matter how minor the break is)
- Chipping or cracking a tooth, especially if it is particularly painful or changes color
- Losing an adult tooth, or one becoming very loose
- Getting a very bad toothache, especially if it is persistent.
In any of these situations, emergency dental care is likely necessary, and you should contact Stadium Dental and Orthodontics as soon as possible.
When You Call
When you call, our friendly team will walk you through some steps you can take to manage and mitigate any symptoms you might be having before we can get you into our soonest available time slot for an appointment. For example, if your tooth (or parts of it) has fallen out, you will want to bring it with you submerged in either milk or salt water if possible to give us a chance at reattaching it. If you are in pain, we may suggest trying a cold pack on your cheek or taking painkillers to lessen your discomfort. Once you are in our office for your emergency appointment, we will take care to calmly assess your situation to find out the root cause and, from there, how to best restore your smile to its full health. If your issue stems from cavities and tooth decay, we may recommend a filling. If your issue came from a physical impact, we may cover the exposed parts of your tooth with a dental crown for extra protection against decay. Of course, if tooth decay or infection is allowed to progress, your best option may become extraction, so it is important to never put off emergency dental care.
Call Us Right Away!
When you have a dental emergency, don’t delay! Schedule a visit with your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist right away by calling Stadium Dental and Orthodontics at (909) 476-9678. We proudly welcome patients from Rancho Cucamonga, CA, as well as Ontario, Fontana, Upland, Rialto, and the surrounding communities.