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Are you someone who tends to put off seeing a dentist even when it feels like something is really wrong? Though it is tempting, our West MI emergency dentists strongly urge you to trust your gut and receive the care you need. Dental emergencies are no joke and should be dealt with ASAP.
Here are 4 common dental emergencies that can have a lasting effect on your oral health if they’re not treated soon after they occur.
Maybe it happened when you didn’t swing in time during your last baseball game. Or maybe it was when you didn’t see that rogue frisbee coming. However it occurred, it resulted in an oral injury and a knocked-out tooth.
If you find yourself in this situation, try not to panic. Instead, pick the tooth up by the crown, or top, to avoid damage to the roots. Rinse off any debris or dirt that may be on it and if possible, try to put the tooth back into the socket. If not, place it in milk so it does not dry out.
Be sure to call one of our West Michigan dental offices once you realize a tooth has been knocked out. In the case that your tooth can’t be reattached, our dentists may recommend tooth replacement options with you.
Another dental emergency that should be taken care of soon after it occurs is a broken or cracked tooth. Should this happen to you, you’ll need to first try to save all pieces of your tooth if possible.
Next, be sure to rinse your mouth with warm water so the area is cleaned. To help reduce any swelling, apply a cold compress to your face. Be sure to then contact one of our offices and we will do our best to get you seen by our dentists.
Have persistent tooth pain? There are a few steps you can take to ease your discomfort before calling our dentists. First, rinse your mouth with warm water to flush the area and get it clean. Next, gently use floss to remove any food that is caught between your teeth.
If swishing with warm water and flossing does not help, please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with our dentists so we can resolve the issue before it worsens. Tooth pain usually signifies something is wrong, so if it happens, listen to your smile.
A dental abscess is a pocket of pus in a tooth caused by an infection. This infection can result from an ignored cavity, injury, or old dental work. Dental abscesses usually show up as a pimple-like swelling on the gums, for reference.
Our dentists can drain the abscess to rid the infection. We can then save the tooth with a root canal but if the situation is too severe, we’ll have to resort to tooth extraction. When a dental abscess is left untreated, it can result in often life-threatening complications.
If you are experiencing oral pain that is disrupting your everyday life, our West Michigan emergency dentists are here to help you get back to your old self. Call one of our MI Smiles Dental locations today or contact us online!
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