What are common dental emergencies?

  • January 18, 2018

emergency dentist Sterling HeightsA dental emergency can occur as the result of a fall, a vehicular accident, or from participating in contact sports. If you’ve suffered an injury to your mouth, teeth, or face, see your family dentist as soon as possible, or go to a doctor, emergency dentist, or emergency room right away.

Types of Dental Emergencies

A dental emergency can refer to any injury to your face, teeth, jawbone, gums, lips, or other soft tissues inside your mouth. Common dental injuries include:

  • Lacerations, bruises, or cuts in the lips or tongue
  • Knocked-out (avulsed) teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Teeth forced through the tongue or lip
  • Broken facial bones
  • Broken jaw

You should see a doctor or an emergency dentist as soon as possible if you are experiencing excessive bleeding or suspect a bone has been broken. Knocked-out fillings or dislodged crowns can wait until you can see your family dentist. You can use denture adhesive or toothpaste to hold them in place until your appointment.

Being Prepared for a Dental Emergency

The best way to deal with a dental emergency is to practice prevention. Always wear a seatbelt when you’re in a car and always wear a helmet when you’re riding a bicycle. You should also always wear a mouthguard during contact sports. Be sure you have proper footwear before venturing out on icy, wet, or otherwise slippery surfaces, and be careful on uneven terrain.

You can also maintain a first-aid kit specifically for dental emergencies. This kit should include:

  • Gauze for bleeding
  • A small cup or a special kit to use to preserve a knocked-out tooth (fill the cup with water or milk)
  • Denture adhesive or toothpaste to hold loose fillings or crowns in place until you can see the dentist
  • Disinfectant mouthwash
  • Contact information for your family dentist and an emergency dentist

Keeping this kit handy can help you respond quickly and effectively to any dental injuries, ensuring the best possible outcome to your treatment. For more tips, call our caring team at the office of Dr. Young.