When Should a Sudden Issue Cause You to See an Emergency Dentist?

Atlanta GA Dental EmergenciesEvery person across the globe only receives one set of permanent teeth during his or her lifetime. These teeth are meant to remain inside the mouth to provide a complete, functional, and beautiful smile, and they are expected to last for years and years. However, in order for these teeth to last decade after decade, taking proper care of the teeth is essential. While daily flossing, brushing at least twice a day, avoiding bad habits, and protecting the teeth are vital components of oral health, being able to know when a sudden issue should cause you to see an emergency dentist is also vitally important.

As with all types of emergencies, taking the appropriate steps within an appropriate time frame when a dental emergency occurs can make the difference between saving a tooth and losing a tooth. The most traumatic dental experiences typically revolve around the loss of a permanent tooth or a permanent tooth that has been knocked out of alignment. Permanent teeth are not naturally replaced, so knowing how to respond to this type of dental emergency is essential in protecting your smile. If a tooth has been knocked out of alignment but it still hanging on by its roots, you have a good opportunity to save it. Try to gently push it back into its proper position. Do not use force, as you do not want to snap any of the roots that are keeping the tooth alive. Once the tooth is closer to its natural position, bite down gently to keep it in position and then seek immediate dental care. The success rate for saving a tooth that is still attached to its root is high, but it requires dental intervention quickly.

A tooth that has been completely knocked out of the mouth is one of the scariest and traumatic dental emergencies. Do not panic! First things first, find your tooth. The only way that a knocked out tooth can be placed back in the mouth is if you have it. Once you find the tooth, hold it by its crown (the top of the enamel) not the root. If necessary, rinse any dirt or debris off the tooth – but do NOT scrub it. You do not want to damage any of the root ends that are still alive inside the tooth. Try very carefully to place the tooth back into its socket. The roots within the gum are still alive, and there is a possibility that they will begin to reattach themselves to the roots within the tooth – but this must occur very quickly after being knocked out. If your mouth is in too much pain to place the tooth back into its socket, keep it moist in a small amount of milk. You must seek dental intervention immediately from a dentist for the highest chance of successful treatment. Remember, remain calm, think fast, act quickly, and get to the dentist’s office.

Other dental emergencies are often not quite as traumatic as damage to or loss of a permanent tooth. A chipped or broken tooth is quite common, and while you should arrange to see your dentist as soon as possible, it is typically not a life or death situation for your tooth. If you have the chipped or broken pieces of the tooth, they should be placed in a cool cloth that has been dipped in milk. This cloth should be kept in the refrigerator so that the milk does not spoil, and should be taken with you when you go to the dentist.

A cracked tooth is another emergency that often does not require immediate attention, but should be addressed sooner rather than later. A cracked tooth that is causing you severe pain should, of course, be brought to your dentist’s immediate attention in order to alleviate your pain and prevent further damage. Cracks in the teeth are considered emergencies because they leave the teeth vulnerable to infection and more damage. If you have a cracked tooth, it is wise to have it addressed by your dentist within a few days’ time.

Any type of toothache, abscess, or significant swelling of the gums or mouth should be seen by your dentist straightaway. A toothache is often the first symptom that a more serious issue is present. Intervention from your dentist at the onset of a toothache can often prevent the serious issue from becoming a problem. An abscess or severe swelling inside the mouth is also an indication that a serious infection is present within your mouth. Oral infections must be treated promptly to prevent them from spreading into the blood stream and posing serious health issues to the rest of the body.

Sudden issues that arise within your mouth require you to make a choice: have the issues addressed immediately or ignore them. If you care about your smile and want to keep it healthy and complete, it is vital that you seek emergency dental intervention for dental emergencies. Acting quickly can make the difference between saving your tooth or losing your tooth. Saving a tooth will also save you a significant amount of money and time.

At Pure Dental Health, we go out of our way to help patients who have suffered a dental emergency. Your comfort is our priority, and restoring your mouth to excellent condition is at the center of all that we do. Our practice is open Monday through Friday from 7am to 7pm, and we allow time in our schedule to dedicate towards emergencies that may arise. Call us now if you are suffering from dental trauma or pain!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Justin Scott
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Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642

Emergency Dental Care

Dental emergencies catch everyone off guard, and they are often accompanied by severe pain. Prompt treatment is almost always required to alleviate pain and to repair the tooth for the best possible chance of full restoration. At Pure Dental Health in Buckhead we offer same day services for patients who need emergency dental care. We have extended weekday hours because we know that no emergency occurs at a convenient time, and we try our best to be available for all of our patients and their needs. Our practice has luxurious patient amenities, advanced sedation for those who have anxieties about visiting the dentist for any reason, and a caring staff that is dedicated to giving you the attention it deserves.

Chipped teeth, cracked teeth, and avulsed teeth (teeth that have been knocked out) are the most common types of dental emergencies. While adolescents are more prone to sports related injuries, adults are typically more prone to cracking or fracturing a tooth by biting down on hard objects. Fillings and crowns can also be damaged or fall out of the mouth completely, leaving a vulnerable place in the tooth that is exposed and painful. The pain caused by any sort of dental emergency will continue to worsen until it receives proper treatment, and dental injuries can seriously jeopardize a person’s overall health because infections can quickly travel throughout the blood stream.

If you have received an injury or trauma to your mouth it is essential to see a dentist immediately. At Pure Dental Health, we are proud to provide patients with the most convenient dental appointments here in Buckhead. While dental emergencies are often quite stressful incidences, our goal is for our patients to have a positive experience no matter what brings them in. Please contact Pure Dental Health for the best emergency dental care as soon as possible.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Justin Scott
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2285 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642

Dental Emergencies

Accidents happen to everyone – and they typically do not happen at convenient times. Dental emergencies are no different. Any time there is injury to the teeth or gums it can be a potentially serious situation, and people should go to the dentist as soon as possible. Ignoring an oral injury can increase the risk of permanent damage as well as the likelihood for extensive (and expensive) dental treatment later on. At Pure Dental Health in Buckhead, we understand that all dental emergencies need prompt treatment. That is why we offer same day dental appointments and extended hours during the week and on Saturday. Please do not ignore any type of pain in your mouth; doing so only makes things more difficult for you and your dentist.

Toothaches often indicate decay, infection, or abscess is present. It is important to have any sort of toothache examined by a dentist for prompt treatment so that the cause does not spread to other teeth. Chipped or broken teeth are extremely common in children and adults. Whether they are chipped during a sporting activity or broken by biting down on a hard substance, chipped teeth require quick treatment in order to repair the tooth the most effectively. A tooth that has been completely knocked out of the mouth is considered to be the highest dental emergency. There is a very short span of time where the tooth can be reset in the mouth so that it has a chance of reattaching itself. One must retrieve the knocked out tooth, holding it by the crown, rinse it off with water, and then try to put the tooth back in place. If it will not go back in place, put the tooth in a cup with saliva or milk. It is essential that a dental professional address this situation immediately.

There are many other dental emergencies (e.g. lost filling, lost crown, broken braces, etc.) that can occur at inopportune times. It is important to never ignore a dental emergency because of the impact that it can have on the entire mouth. Whether you have a dental emergency that needs attention or you are looking for a practice to trust with your dental care needs, Pure Dental Health is the name to trust in Buckhead. Call today for the next available appointment.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Justin Scott

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Pure Dental HealthAtlanta Dentist
2285 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642