Dental emergencies and injuries could be extremely uncomfortable, distressing, or outright painful. These are serious injuries that you should get professional treatment for as soon as possible. Below are some of the most common dental emergencies, what to do about them, and how Dr. Thomas Kauffman, DDS, PC, your emergency dentist in Downtown Atlanta, GA, can help.
First, rinse your mouth with some warm water and then take an OTC pain medication to help ease some of the pain. You can also place an ice pack or cold compress against your face where you feel pain. You should then make an appointment with our Downtown Atlanta office to determine the root cause of your tooth pain.
Broken, Damaged, or Chipped Tooth
In most cases, dentists can save a broken, damaged, or chipped tooth. If your tooth sustained a minor break, your emergency dentist may use a filling to fix the break. On the other hand, if the damage is more significant, you may require a root canal treatment and other relevant dental procedures to save your tooth.
For a knocked-out permanent or adult tooth, you need to act quickly to help increase the chances of your emergency dentist successfully reattaching it. In general, you will have a window of 10 minutes to an hour to have your knocked-out tooth placed back in its socket and give it the chance to take root again. While on your way to see your dentist, keep the knocked-out tooth moist. You can do this by placing it in between your gums and cheek or a container with milk.
Objects Stuck in Between Your Teeth
Use dental floss to try and remove the stuck object. Never use a pointy or sharp object as it can scratch the surface of your tooth and cut your gums. Go to an emergency dentist for help if you fail to remove the stuck object to avoid complications.
Concerned? Give Us a Call
If you have a dental emergency—don’t wait. Call Dr. Thomas Kauffman, DDS, PC, your emergency dentist in Downtown Atlanta, GA, at (404) 524-1981 right away.