We know that people stay away from the dentist for a variety of reasons and that it can result in dental emergencies. Whether you go to the dentist regularly or it’s been awhile, dental pain is no fun and can be frightening. We encourage you to call at the first signs of symptoms because dental pain often worsens with time, disrupting your sleep, work, and social schedule.
Common Dental Emergencies
Some of the most common dental emergencies are:
- Root Canals
- Broken teeth
- Lost crown
- Cracked tooth
- Damaged restoration
- Lost filling
- Unexplained pain
- Periodontal (gum) pain
- Sports injuries
- Deep decay
Your chance of experiencing a dental emergency increases the longer you stay away from the dentist. When we see you regularly in our office, we look for potential problems before they start. This helps us to act preventatively. Diagnostic tools such as digital dental x-rays help us find cracks, infection, and decay while they are still small.
What to Do if You Have a Dental Emergency
If you have a dental emergency with pain, call us right away. Pain could mean that you broke a tooth, lost a restoration, or need a root canal. We will get you into our schedule as soon as possible, perhaps even the same day.
If you experience an accident and you are losing a lot of blood or have a head injury, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. You may need to address other, more serious injuries before we can take care of your dentistry.
When you lose a tooth due to trauma such as a sports injury, try to keep the tooth moist by placing it back in the socket and holding it there. If that is impossible, place it in some milk and call us right away. We may still be able to save your tooth.
When in doubt about your dental emergency, call us. We know the questions to ask in order to determine if we need to see you after hours or on the weekends. We do our best to accommodate both current and new patients who have dental emergencies.
Lost Restorations and Damaged Dentures
If you lost a restoration and do not have pain or if you damaged a denture or partial but you don’t have problems or symptoms, you can call us at your earliest convenience. Remember not to put off treatment for too long, however, and to avoid chewing on the affected area.
Are You Experiencing a Dental Emergency?
If you have a dental emergency, we are here to help. Call our Colquitt dental office and schedule an emergency evaluation with Robert Kikel DDS today. We will help to restore your health and comfort quickly and effectively.