Dental emergencies are not usually life-threatening, but it is important that you know what to do to prevent an infection or further complications from developing. When you are dealing with a dental emergency, it is best to contact your dentist right away for guidance. Some situations can be treated within a few days, while others should be treated immediately. Dr. George Zatarain provides treatment for any type of dental emergency at Z Dentistry in Reno, NV.
Types of Dental Emergencies
Promptly seeking treatment for a dental emergency can prevent the situation from leading to additional oral health problems. For instance, a tooth that has been knocked out can often be successfully reinserted if you get to a dentist right away. If treatment is delayed, the socket could become infected and it might be too late to reinsert the tooth.
Many types of acute oral health conditions can be considered dental emergencies that require immediate care. Examples of situations that are dental emergencies include:
- A loose permanent tooth
- Knocked out a permanent tooth
- Lacerations to the tongue, gums, lips, or cheeks
- Bacterial infection
- An abscess
The best thing you can do in a dental emergency is to remain calm and contact your dentist’s office. The dental professionals there can provide specific guidance on reducing pain, inflammation, or bleeding before you arrive at the dentist’s office.
Dealing with a Knocked-Out Tooth
One type of dental emergency often treated at our Reno, NV, dental office is a knocked-out tooth. It is possible to reinsert a tooth that has been knocked out, but it is essential to see the dentist for treatment right away. There are several things you can do to save the tooth and increase the likelihood of successful reinsertion.
Tips for saving a knocked-out tooth:
- Hold the tooth by the crown rather than the root
- Avoid touching the tooth’s root to prevent damage
- Gently rinse the tooth in a sterile saline solution, saliva or milk
- Try placing the tooth back in its socket and hold it in place with glaze or a washcloth
- If the tooth cannot be placed back in the socket, save it in a glass of milk or the patient’s saliva
- See your dentist immediately and bring the tooth with you
If you have a dental emergency, you should remain calm and contact us right away. Promptly seeking treatment with Dr. Zatarain will help prevent infection and other complications. For the treatment of a dental emergency in Reno, NV, call Z Dentistry at (775) 331-1616.