Dental emergencies are situations requiring immediate care. They can be painful, inconvenient, and costly. They can even threaten your oral health and overall health. Fortunately, most dental emergencies can be avoided altogether with good oral hygiene and routine visits to the dentist.
Dental emergencies include a variety of situations, including tooth fractures, knocked-out teeth, loose or lost fillings, and severe tooth pain that cannot wait for treatment. If you are experiencing any of these conditions, contact our office right away. We offer same-day appointments whenever possible to treat dental emergencies, and we have an on-call dentist for after-hours emergencies.
It is important to seek help quickly when you have a dental problem because delaying treatment can result in worse problems or even tooth loss. Call our office before seeking emergency care to ensure we can see you in a timely manner.
A variety of factors can result in a dental emergency, including injuries, pain, or infection. However, the majority of dental emergencies occur as a result of an injury to the mouth or face – either from an accident or while playing sports. Other common reasons for needing emergency care include tooth decay and infections.
If you have severe pain or swelling in your mouth, it's important to contact your dentist right away, as this could indicate an infection that's potentially life-threatening and requires immediate care.
If you do experience an emergency, remain calm and save any broken teeth until you arrive at the office. This can be very important to your oral surgeon so that they can restore your mouth to its normal function and health as soon as possible. If the tooth is knocked out completely, be sure to place it back in the socket while on your way to the dentist's office. If you can't, place it in a glass of milk. When arriving at the dentist's office, expect to provide a full history of the injury and treatment you have previously received. This will allow the dentist to determine the best treatment options for you.
The best way to prevent the need for emergency dentistry is to practice good oral hygiene habits at home. That means brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes and flossing between each tooth once a day. This helps to remove plaque buildup from the surface of your teeth, which is the leading cause of tooth decay and cavities. It also helps prevent gum disease by getting rid of the plaque that can build up along the gum line. Simply brushing and flossing alone is not enough to stop the onset of gum disease and its related symptoms. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, regular professional cleanings and checkups are also necessary to maintain good oral health and prevent the need for emergency dental care. Using mouthwash is also beneficial. It helps kill bacteria in your mouth that cause bad breath as well as gingivitis.
Additionally, avoid using tobacco products and avoid chewing on hard items like ice and hard candy. These practices can lead to cracked teeth and chipped fillings and crowns, which may require restorative dental treatments like dental crowns or root canals. Also, wear a mouth guard while playing sports.
Broadmoor Dental offers the best treatment option to patients. Head over to 1930 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80905, for more information. Contact us at (719) 576-5566 or visit our website https://www.broadmoordental.com/blogs/ for appointments.
1930 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80905
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