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What is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency refers to a situation that requires immediate attention from a dentist.
If you are unsure whether or not you are experiencing a dental emergency, here are some common examples: severe tooth pain, broken or knocked out teeth, or a tooth that has been pushed out of position.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact our dental clinic in Kingston immediately, and we will schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible. We are here to help you when you need it most.
- Lost Fillings or Crowns
Try to identify and find any broken or lost fillings or crowns. Rinse and attempt to place it back on your tooth. Call our office as soon as possible to arrange an appointment to have it fixed.
- Chipped or Broken Teeth
If you have a broken or chipped tooth, it's important not to panic but instead to take immediate action to fix it.
First, try to locate any missing pieces of the tooth and put them in a clean container. Bring any pieces of the tooth with you to your appointment as your dentist may be able to reattach them. Even if you cannot find the missing piece, call our dental office in Kingston right away to schedule an appointment to have the tooth repaired.
Don't panic and take the necessary steps to get it treated as soon as possible. In most cases, it’s possible to fix a chipped tooth so that it looks completely natural and no one will ever be able to know that it was broken.
- Knocked-Out Teeth
If you have a knocked-out tooth, it is important to take immediate action to try to save it.
First, carefully rinse the tooth and hold it by the top (crown) rather than the roots. Gently try to put it back in its socket and bite down gently to keep it in place. Keep the tooth moist by placing it in a glass of milk or by holding it in your mouth until you can get to the dental office.
Take an over-the-counter pain medication, but do not take aspirin if you are bleeding. Apply a cold compress to the side of your face where the tooth is fractured to reduce pain and swelling.
In the case of a knocked-out tooth, it is very important to seek dental treatment as soon as possible. If you can, call our office ahead of time to let us know you are on your way. The sooner you can be seen by our dentist in Kingston, the better the chance of saving the tooth.
- Severe Swelling, Pain or Discomfort
If you notice sudden moderate to severe swelling in your face, mouth, or neck, or if you are experiencing severe pain or discomfort in or around your mouth, it's important to seek dental treatment as soon as possible. This could be a sign of a serious dental infection which could require treatment. In the meantime, you can take the following steps to help reduce some of pain:
- Apply a cold compress to the affected area.
- Take an over-the-counter pain medication.
- Use salt water to rinse the area that is causing pain. This can help remove any debris that may be causing the toothache.