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Are you devoted to caring for your teeth? Do you do everything you can to keep your smile healthy and strong? Still, you know that even if you care for your smile well, but do you know how to react to a dental emergency?

We understand that a dental emergency can be stressful. To help you react calmly if an emergency should strike, we’re happy to discuss how you should respond to unexpected complications.

A few common dental emergencies come from trauma. For instance, if you fall or are hit, your tooth could be knocked loose or dislodged. If this happens, please visit our dentist immediately. In fact, we recommend visiting Dr. within 30 minutes if possible. Try to bring the tooth with you, but please don’t handle it by the root. Also, we recommend placing the tooth in milk or keeping it moist with saliva.

Also, have you ever bitten into something and heard a loud crack? Sadly, this actually happens fairly often. If you found your tooth cracked or fractured, you should bring any pieces you can find and see your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist may be able to use the broken pieces to restore your tooth, but if they can’t, a dental crown is a common solution. Conversely, chipping your tooth isn’t typically considered an emergency, but we still recommend visiting us as soon as possible.

Other circumstances may require dental attention soon, but not immediately. For example, a toothache, lost crown or filling, or damaged braces don’t require immediate care, but should be taken care of soon. If you are interested in learning more please feel free to give us a call at (919) 773-0004.