WHAT IS A DENTAL EMERGENCY?
I have a sore tooth? Broken tooth? Dental emergencies happen at any time, day or night. DON’T PANIC!!
They range from a raging toothache, to a tooth knocked out at sport or a serious dental abscess which can become life threatening.
Dr. Lavery provides the same day treatment care in a calm, rational manner and after-hours emergency service by calling the studio. Proper care at the time of the emergency will be the difference in saving or losing your tooth.
A KNOCKED-OUT TOOTH
This requires urgent attention as when appropriate emergency steps are followed immediately, chances are the tooth can be inserted and preserved by Dr. Lavery.
- Pick up the tooth by the crown not by the root.
- Place the tooth back up into the socket immediately after rinsing
- If you cannot place the tooth back into the mouth, place in a small container of milk.
- Call Dr. Lavery immediately.
LOOSE TOOTH/TOOTH OUT OF ALIGNMENT
- This tooth may require splinting to the adjacent teeth to keep it stabilized.
CHIPPED, CRACKED AND FRACTURED TEETH
Fractured teeth may be sue to a weakened tooth breaking or by facial trauma.
Pain relief and a cold compress are useful after facial trauma.
Having a temporary crown or filling come off is not a dental emergency. It can be easily put back onto the tooth using Vaseline or denture adhesive into the temporary and placing it back into the tooth.
Smoothing a chipped tooth, re-cementing a crown, composite bonding are NOT dental emergencies but Dr. Lavery is available to give advice on such situations over the phone to alleviate your concerns.
AVOIDING A DENTAL EMERGENCY by having routine dental check-ups with Dr. Lavery to check hat your mouth and teeth are healthy, strong and free from decay.