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What To Expect for Some of The Most Common Dental Emergency Treatments

April 29, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — dentalexpressions @ 2:57 pm

You know that having an idea of what to expect ahead of time significantly reduces the stress of a situation. This is why you do things like head to the airport five hours before boarding to make sure your gate exists.

Take that energy and apply it to dental emergencies so you’re not caught off-guard. In keeping with the theme of five’s, here are five common dental emergency treatments.

#1. Root Canals

Root canals are infamous but don’t deserve the bad reputation. You’ll need this treatment if there’s an infection deep inside your tooth. To remove the infection and prevent it from spreading, your emergency dentist will:

  • Clean out the tooth
  • Replace the now empty “canal” with a durable dental material
  • Reseal your tooth
  • Help you make a follow up for a dental crown if necessary

Know that root canals are not painful. Your emergency dentist will completely numb the area around your infection. Infections can lead to tooth loss, so don’t be part of the 15% that avoid dental treatments because of misconceptions about discomfort.

#2. Tooth Extractions

You might need a tooth extraction for various reasons, but it’s typically reserved as a last resort option. In general, it’s better (and ultimately less expensive) to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible.

Once again, your emergency dentist will make sure you’re relaxed and comfortable before extraction. They’ll want to check up on the extraction site with follow ups, and during this time, it’s a good idea to ask about replacement options.

#3. Reinserting a Knocked Out Tooth

Knocked out teeth can be reinserted – if you see an emergency dentist within 30 – 60 minutes of the incident. After that time window, it will be more difficult for your dentist to save it. To improve your chances of restoration, follow these steps:

  • Handle the tooth carefully, and avoid touching the roots
  • Gently rinse off debris with tap water or milk
  • Do not rinse with chemicals or cleaners
  • Do not soak the tooth in tap water
  •  Soak your tooth in milk or saliva

You can also attempt to reinsert the tooth yourself, but you’ll still want to see your emergency dentist to check for complications.

#4. Dental Crown

Dental crowns provide 360 degree coverage for cracked or severely damaged teeth. Your emergency dentist will have to remove some enamel to make room for the crown, but leaving a damaged tooth exposed could cause further harm. It’s also likely causing you aches, so trust your dentist to fit the crown and listen to any aftercare instructions.

#5.  Dental Filling

Dental fillings are easily confused with crowns, but they’re better for restoring cavity-infected teeth or minor decay. These issues can cause serious complications if left untreated, which is why you’ll want to see your emergency dentist. They’ll fill hazardous openings in your tooth with a hardy, tooth-colored resin.

While it’s helpful to be familiar with some dental emergency treatments, know that your emergency dentist can walk you through your situation. If panic makes you forget all this information, don’t worry! Your emergency dentist will reassure you with over-the-phone first aid instructions and remind you what you need to do next. They’re called “emergency dentists” for a reason, so don’t be afraid to contact them!

About the Practice

As a married couple with four children, Drs. Bob and Heather Heil know it’s difficult to remain calm in a dental emergency. They’ll see you and address your emergency as soon as possible and offer any reassurance or information that you need. You can contact the office at 920-788-6280 or visit their website for more information.

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