A dental emergency can happen suddenly or gradually, causing significant pain for the patient. Whatever your problem is, you can count on Next Level Dental, P.C. in Smyrna, TN, to be there for you during this trying time. Dr. Ramsey and her colleagues have years of emergency experience, and we schedule emergencies as soon as possible to provide urgent relief.
We make every attempt to understand your dental emergency and provide the most up-to-date emergency solutions while utilizing our advanced knowledge and skills.
What Is Emergency Dental Care?
A dental emergency is an oral health problem that necessitates immediate care from your dentist. In certain circumstances, the severity of the emergency is clear, such as a knocked-out or severely broken tooth. In some cases, you may be experiencing discomfort or bleeding but are unclear of the underlying cause. As with any medical emergency, it is critical to seek professional guidance and treatment as soon as possible. Ignoring bleeding, acute pain, or a loosened or fractured tooth can lead to issues that necessitate more extensive and costly treatment in the future.
Causes of Dental Emergencies
The majority of dental crises are caused by oral problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ difficulties, and large and older fillings. However, a variety of everyday scenarios can result in a dental emergency.
- Participating in contact sports
- Accidents on the job
- Car mishaps
- Falls that occur as a result of the everyday activity or recreational play
- Jaw joint discomfort or locking
Dental Emergency Treatment Options
The following is a list of frequent dental emergencies and what you should do in each case.
Cracked or Fractured Tooth
If your tooth is broken, you should do the following:
- Rinse your mouth with warm water.
- For swelling, apply a cold compress.
If you have a knocked-out tooth, you should do the following:
- Only the crown should be touched, not the root.
- If feasible, try to replace it in the socket. Alternatively, insert it between your cheek and gum or in a container of milk.
- For bleeding, apply a cold, moist compress.
Soft Tissue Injury
If you have serious bites or cuts on your lip or tongue, you should:
- For bleeding, apply a cold compress.
- Severe bites or cuts that require stitches should be treated by a medical expert.
Contact Next Level Dental, P.C. if you have a dental emergency. Call (615) 459-6354 or visit 693 President Pl #101, Smyrna, TN 37167 to book an appointment.