Do You Need Emergency Dental Care?
Not sure if you should call the dentist about a broken tooth or a pain that just keeps getting worse? Most of us understand which medical emergencies warrant a trip to the emergency room, but what constitutes a dental emergency isn't quite as clear. Luckily, your Lawrenceville, dentist at Gwinnet Denture Center, handles both routine care and emergency dental treatment.
Should I bother the dentist?
Too often, people delay calling the dentist because they're afraid that their issue may not be as serious as it seems. Your Lawrenceville dentist is committed to helping you care for your smile and wants to hear from you right away if you're concerned about a possible problem.
Call the dentist immediately if you experience any of these dental issues:
- Knocked Out Tooth: Don't wait to call the dentist if your tooth was knocked out. If you can find the tooth, it may be possible to reimplant it, but only if you see the dentist within an hour. After you locate the tooth, rinse it with water and put it back in the socket. If the tooth will no longer fit, place it between your teeth and gums or put it in a closed container covered by your saliva, milk or saline solution.
- Loose Tooth: Teeth that loosen after a fall or accident are also an emergency. If your loose tooth has moved out of place, gently move it back if you can. Don't chew or put pressure on the tooth during the trip to the dentist's office.
- Abscesses: Tooth or gum abscesses are particularly dangerous because the infection can spread to other parts of the body if you don't receive antibiotic treatment. Signs and symptoms of an abscess include severe pain, facial swelling, swollen lymph nodes, fever or pus on the gum. If the abscess is caused by an infection in the tooth pulp, you will need root canal therapy to save the tooth.
- Broken Tooth: Whether your tooth breaks after a fall or when you take a bite of food, broken teeth are always dental emergencies.
Protect your smile with emergency dental care! Call your Lawrenceville, dentist at Gwinnet Denture Center, at (678) 869-5400 to schedule an emergency visit.