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Broken, cracked and chipped teeth should never wait! That’s why we offer same-day appointments, so we can address your dental emergency in time. Still not sure your situation qualifies as an emergency? Give us a call! We’ll make sure you receive the care you need.
Dreier Family Dental tries to offer same-day appointments and treatment to those who are experiencing a dental emergency. The sooner you contact us, the better your options will be. If you need to see a dentist today, give us a call!
What to do in an Emergency
If left untreated for too long, serious dental injuries can lead to painful and dangerous infection. That’s why the most important thing to do when you suffer a dental injury is to contact your dentist. We make time for emergencies, and will see you as soon as possible. In the meantime, here are a few steps you can take to better the situation:
- Relieve the Pain
The mouth is a particularly sensitive area, so injuries to this part of the body tend to be very painful. Take ibuprofen to reduce the swelling and ease the pain. You can use ice on the outside of the mouth as well. Just don’t put ice inside your mouth or directly on the oral injury.
- Loose Teeth
Take loose teeth seriously as they could result in infection and severe pain. Avoid touching or wiggling the tooth, and make an appointment with your doctor immediately. Sterile gauze can help you hold it in place if you’re worried it might fall out. If it was not an injury that caused the tooth to loosen, you could have a more serious dental issue, like periodontal disease.
- Knocked Out Teeth
The first thing you should do is find your tooth! Rinse it with warm water and place it back in its socket. If you can’t place it in the socket, keep it in a sealed container with your own saliva or milk. Don’t let it dry out! Use sterile gauze and pressure to stop any bleeding, and give Dreier Family Dental a call. Dr. Dreier can save your original tooth, or provide alternatives to get you smiling again.
- Cracked, Broken or Chipped Teeth
Use sterile gauze and pressure to stop bleeding. Avoid eating and drinking as your injury is likely sensitive to hot and cold substances. And make an appointment to see the dentist immediately. You don’t have to deal with a dental injury for days. In fact, you should see Dr. Dreier within 12 hours of sustaining the injury.
How To Handle Other Types of Emergencies
You may think that dental emergencies include only oral injuries caused by trauma, but there are quite a few other conditions that count as dental emergencies. In general, any dental problem that is causing significant pain, discomfort, or bleeding counts as an emergency. Learn more about these other types of dental emergencies below, and contact Dreier Family Dental to get an appointment right away.
If you have a serious, prolonged toothache that lasts 1-3 days or longer and continues to get worse, you are likely experiencing a dental emergency. Severe toothaches are usually either caused by a very deep cavity or by an infected tooth. Proper treatment such as a cavity, dental crown, or root canal therapy will be necessary to save your tooth and preserve your mouth.
If your toothache has not gotten better after a few days, you should see an emergency dentist in Janesville right away. Dr. Brandon Dreier can assess your oral health and determine which treatment may be right for your needs.
If you don’t get treatment, your toothache will only get worse, and you could even end up losing your tooth if the infection continues to progress. So don’t wait. Schedule an appointment right away to ensure you preserve your oral health.
Pulled-Out & Damaged Dental Work
While a pulled-out crown or filling may not seem like an especially urgent dental emergency, it is. Your crown or filling is designed to protect the vulnerable enamel underneath it, which was likely trimmed during the placement process.
If you do not get help from a dentist to restore your dental work, the underlying tooth may be very vulnerable to further damage and decay. In addition, your tooth will likely feel quite tender, sensitive and sore. In some cases, you may even have a severe toothache.
To preserve your smile and your oral health, you should consult with Dr. Brandon Dreier right away, and discuss your options for replacing your crown, filling, or other dental work. If you have the dental work that was pulled out or damaged, bring it with you to your appointment. Doing so will help Dr. Dreier understand why it failed, and he may be able to simply replace it.
Again, this may seem like a minor problem. If your gums only bleed a little bit when brushing or flossing, you likely have nothing to worry about. But if your gums bleed excessively when you brush and floss, or they begin to bleed randomly for no apparent reason, you may have gingivitis or a more advanced case of gum disease.
Gum disease is a serious problem, and it should be treated right away. While the initial stage of gum disease (gingivitis) is reversible with proper dental treatment and at-home oral care, the disease is not reversible once it progresses into a more advanced stage.
If your gums are bleeding excessively or for no apparent reason, you should see Dr. Brandon Dreier right away. He can assess your oral health and help you get the periodontal care you need to preserve your smile, such as a deep cleaning (scaling & root planing).
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