Dental emergencies can arise and we're often unsure of what we should do next. The best way to handle an emergency is to understand what the problem is and how severe the trauma is. Consult with our dentist in Novi, Dr. Tariq, in case you experience any of the following symptoms.
Possible Dental Emergencies:
• Chipped or cracked tooth
• Tooth that has been knocked out
• Lost filling
• Something stuck in tooth or dental appliance
• Badly bitten tongue or lip
In most cases, this doesn’t warrant an immediate trip to our office, but it can be quiet discomforting to the patient who is suffering. Call our Novi dentist and discuss the pain level you are feeling. Discuss whether or not you need to come in promptly or if you can wait. In the meantime, you can use an icepack on the sore area of the mouth. You can also take some over-the-counter pain medication to ease some of the discomfort.
Chipped or Cracked Tooth
It depends on the tooth that's damaged, and how thorough the damage is, that will make a difference in the way this kind of emergency is treated. If the tooth is chipped, you'll want to visit our office promptly to fix any missing part of the tooth. If it's cracked, a filling, crown, or root canal may be necessary to repair the damage. Call Dr. Tariq and explain what happened to discuss the course of action.
Tooth that Has Been Knocked Out
In this situation, you'll want to visit our office immediately, especially if blood is an issue. In some cases, if prompt action is taken within ten minutes of the tooth coming out, the tooth may have a chance to retake its root. If the tooth is out for a longer period, like more than a couple of hours, the chance to re-root is poor.
If you can place the tooth safely back into the hole, don't touch the roots of the tooth while you make your way safely to our office. If it's not possible to put the tooth back in, place the tooth in milk and make your way to Smile Innovations straight away.
Something is Stuck in The Tooth or Dental Appliance
Try your best to work the piece of food or item out of your tooth with the help of a dental tool, such as floss, a tooth pick, or even some hard-running water. If this doesn’t work, contact Dr. Tariq.
Badly Bitten Tongue or Lip
Handle any bleeding by pressing down with a clean dry cloth. A covered ice pack can also be used to handle the pain. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, seek emergency help from our dentist as soon as possible.
The main thing with all these emergency issues is to remain calm and contact our Novi dentist right away. Call (248) 624-2701 to learn more helpful tips or if you're experiencing a dental emergency.