What is a dental emergency? Essentially, it is anything that could cause you to lose a tooth, or that is causing extreme pain. A lost filling, for instance, although inconvenient, is not a dental emergency. A broken tooth is also not generally a dental emergency. Consider these dental emergency FAQs if you are wondering if your dental issue actually constitutes an emergency.
I Have Had a Blow to My Mouth, and Teeth Have Been Knocked Out. Is This an Emergency?
Yes, this is a dental emergency, and you should visit us at Dr. James L. Schmidt & Associates in St. Louis, MO immediately. If the tooth is reinserted quickly, then there is a very good chance that it can be saved. If you can fit the tooth back into the socket yourself, do that before heading to the dentist. Make sure that you pick it up by the crown, though, not the root. If you are not able to fit the tooth into the socket, place it in a jar of milk.
I Have a Loose tooth. Is This an Emergency?
No. A loose tooth is not a dental emergency, but you should still deal with it quickly. Get in touch with us at Dr. James L. Schmidt & Associates, and we will fit you in as soon as we can.
I Have Broken a Tooth. Is This an Emergency?
Maybe. If you are not in pain, and the broken part of the tooth is not scraping the inside of your mouth, then it is not a dental emergency. If you are in pain and bleeding, though, you can consider this to be an emergency.
My Face Is Swelling. Is This an Emergency?
Yes. Severe swelling is an indication that you have an infection, and that is definitely a dental emergency. You should see your dentist right away and if your dentist is not available, then you should go to your hospital’s emergency room. You will need antibiotics.
Not every dental issue constitutes an emergency, but if there is pain, swelling, or you have had a tooth knocked out, these are dental emergencies. At Dr. James L. Schmidt & Associates in St. Louis, MO, we will see you right away if you should have a dental emergency, so do not hesitate to contact us at 314-968-7979.