If you’re like most Americans, you put off going to the doctor or the dentist until its absolutely necessary. If you’re having a life-threatening emergency, you should call 911 or go directly to the nearest hospital. If you’re unsure whether your dental pain is an emergency or not, call our office 24 hours a day and we’ll get back to you to about your situation. Here are some tips that can help you know if you should make dental care a priority to prevent losing a tooth.

We’ll look at the following situations as possible scenarios:

My Tooth Got Knocked Out

The most common dental emergency is when your tooth gets knocked out from trauma. If you get to a dentist quickly, the chances are really good that the tooth can be saved. It does require immediate attention. You should also take these steps to protect the tooth:
  • Save the tooth. Don’t touch the roots of the tooth. Pick it up by the top of the tooth, or the crown, the part you would see in your mouth.
  • Don’t remove any tissue attached to the tooth. You can rinse it gently to clean it off.
  • If you can insert the tooth back into the socket, do so. Hold it in place by gently biting down.
  • If you can’t put the tooth back in the mouth, put it in a small container. If you can cover it with milk, that is preferable, but at the very least, keep it safe.
  • Get to the dentist ASAP.

My Tooth Is Chipped or Cracked

emergency dental buttonWhen you chip your tooth, provided there isn’t pain, you have can make an appointment with your dentist in the next few days. You will want to be careful that you don’t injure the tooth further. Don’t eat something that might cause your tooth to chip more. Your dentist might smooth the chip out or use composite filling to make repairs.
A cracked or broken tooth is generally more urgent. The damage to the tooth is not just superficial, but you probably damaged the inside of the tooth as well. Call your emergency dentist in Tulsa immediately for an emergency appointment. In the meantime, you might want to rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it. If you had facial trauma that caused the break, apply a cold compress to the area. Do not use painkillers that you apply to the gum. Take acetaminophen (not aspirin) if you can. Use the package directions. Aspirin and ibuprofen are anticoagulants, which may cause bleeding.

Ask Yourself

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, it’s more than likely a dental emergency.
  • Are you bleeding from your mouth?
  • Are you in extreme pain?
  • Have you lost teeth?
  • Were you hit in the face or mouth?
  • Is your face or mouth swelling?
  • Are you experiencing pain when you bite down?
 
When you call your dentist, make sure to explain what is happening and why you think you should be seen right away.
 
Having routine check-ups at your Tulsa dentist can help keep your teeth healthy to avoid many dental emergencies. When you play sports, wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth. If you need emergency dental care in Tulsa, call our office for an after hours dentist.