Handling a Dental Emergency

Even when you take care of your teeth, there’s always a chance that you can be impacted with a dental emergency. It can happen due to contact or trauma during sports or a fall, or something as small as biting down on a piece of food wrong. Dr. Matthew Harrison of Harrison Dental Associates, a dentist in Charlottesville, VA discusses how you can handle a dental emergency.charlottesville, virginia dentist

What is a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is something that happens to your teeth and needs treatment immediately. If something like this happens to you, call our office immediately. Below are some common dental emergencies and how you can take care of them until you’re able to be seen in our office.

Intense Tooth Pain

A toothache, particularly pain that comes on suddenly or is severe, can be caused by a variety of different things. These include infection, abscess, or severe tooth decay. It can be hard to determine the direct cause until it’s seen by a professional. Take over the counter pain medication and use a cold compress if you experience any swelling.

Knocked-Out Tooth

It’s natural to start to panic when an adult tooth is knocked out. However, it’s important to stay as calm as possible so that you can retrieve the tooth without damaging it. Make sure you pick it up by the crown and not the root. Gently rinse off any dirt or debris, but without scrubbing. Place the tooth in a cup of milk or your own saliva to preserve it as long as possible.

When you get to our office, Dr. Harrison will evaluate the tooth and determine if it’s viable to be placed back in your mouth. If it isn’t, you don’t have to worry. Our office offers a wide range of solutions to replace missing teeth. Typically, dental implants are the recommended choice to give you the best restoration possible.

Broken or Chipped Tooth

Cosmetic chips and breaks happen to our teeth all the time. But what happens when it’s something more serious? When a large crack forms or a large chunk of your tooth breaks off, it’s considered an emergency. Dr. Harrison will evaluate your tooth at the appointment to determine which of our restorative dentistry services is the best choice for you.

For a broken tooth, dental bonding and porcelain veneers both offer quality solutions. Dental bonding involves molding a composite resin so that it fills out the part that broke off. It’s hardened and polished to match the shine of the rest of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are a shell of dental ceramic that’s color-matched to your smile and goes over the front and sides of the tooth.

Dental crowns are one of the best choices for when a tooth is cracked. It holds the pieces of the tooth together while giving you back the full functionality of your tooth. It also goes over your entire tooth, sealing out bacteria from getting into the dental pulp exposed by the crack.

Emergencies at Your Charlottesville, Virginia Dentist

Do you think you have a dental emergency? Call us immediately. For other issues and problems, call us or schedule an appointment online.