Chipped or broken teeth and dental restorations that fall out or fail are the most common dental emergencies. Sometimes a tooth will get knocked loose, or even fall out. Other times, you’ll be dealing with a nagging toothache that won’t go away. But experiencing any oral pain or discomfort is a signal that something is wrong and you should go see a dentist as soon as you can. North Hills Family Dental offers same-day appointments, and we do our best to accommodate dental emergencies. Give us a call at 412-364-1477 to schedule an appointment today.
What to do in a
The most important thing you can do in the case of a dental emergency is to remain calm. Panic will only make things more difficult. Remember that you’ll be okay and that there is a solution to almost every dental problem. First, call Dr. Mauro at North Hill Family Dental and explain your situation. We will do our best to see you as soon as possible. Then, do what you can to make yourself comfortable until your appointment. Stop any bleeding by applying gentle pressure to the injury with a clean gauze. You may want to take over-the-counter pain relievers to ease the pain. Try not to eat or drink too much, or play with the injury as you could cause further damage.
How to handle
Teeth can fall out for a number of reasons. Sometimes they’re knocked out by force. In this case, it’s imperative that you find your tooth. There’s a chance it can be reattached if the tooth is found, rinsed with clean water, and placed back in the socket, or kept in a clean container with your saliva until you can see the doctor. Remember to keep that tooth moist and call North Hills Family Dental immediately! If you can’t find your tooth, or the tooth can’t be saved, Dr. Mauro can recommend a variety of restorative dentistry options, such as a dental implant, that will get you smiling again.
Tooth loss can also be attributed to a chronic issue called periodontal disease. Commonly known as gum disease, this is actually the first stage of periodontal disease and the symptoms include red, inflamed gums. If gum disease goes untreated, it will progress to periodontitis. At this stage, many patients experience tooth loss. If you suspect that periodontal disease is the reason your tooth or teeth have become loose or fallen out, you should see a dentist right away. There is no cure for periodontitis, but there are treatments that can control the progression of the disease. After Dr. Mauro evaluates your condition, we can move forward with an appropriate tooth replacement option.
How to treat
Chips and breaks
At best, chipped teeth can be annoying. At worst, broken teeth are painful and potentially harmful to your oral health. If you’ve experienced a large break in the tooth, do your best to salvage the piece or pieces. Treat them just like a tooth that’s fallen out: rinse with clean water, place them in a clean container with your saliva, and keep them moist. Dr. Mauro may be able to reattach the piece or rebuild your tooth using the fragments as a model. If the broken pieces of your tooth are nowhere to be found, don’t worry! Dr. Mauro has a wealth of experience in crafting natural-looking crowns that perfectly match the shape and color of your existing teeth.
Experiencing a dental emergency can be scary. But the team at North Hills Family Dental can take care of you. With the help of experienced, accommodating professionals, we can offer a variety of options to treat whatever injury or emergency comes your way. Contact us today at 412-364-1477 and get seen now.
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