Sudden tooth pain, damage or tooth loss can leave you wondering if you need to call a dentist, go to the emergency room or wait for normal business hours. A majority of dental issues develop slowly due to lack of dental hygiene, but there are some situations where you should call our emergency dentistry office in Sedalia immediately including:
1. Cracked or Knocked Out Teeth
If your tooth is cracked or gone completely, you should call our emergency dentist as soon as possible. Rinse your mouth with warm water, and use a cold compress to stop swelling and bleeding. Severely cracked teeth can lead to nerve damage. It’s important to treat these injuries quickly.
A knocked out tooth can sometimes be saved if you are treated immediately and have rinsed dirt off of the tooth, but be careful to only touch the crown (top portion) of the tooth. You can try to place the tooth back in its socket. Your saliva will naturally help protect against bacteria.
2. Severe Tooth Pain & Toothaches
Tooth pain can be a sign of a tooth abscess or pericoronitis. A tooth abscess is an infection of the tooth root and can become serious if not treated straightaway. An untreated abscess can lead to life-threatening infections. Pericoronitis occurs when your wisdom teeth don’t grow in properly and become impacted. You may require a root canal to treat your toothache.
3. Lost Dental Crowns or Fillings
A lost filling or crown can cause pain and leave your tooth vulnerable. You can use dental cement, toothpaste or denture adhesive to temporarily protect your tooth and alleviate pain. This dental issue is not always an emergency situation, but it’s important to call our office to make sure you’re taking the proper steps. Our skilled dentist can tell you if you need to be seen right away.
If you have severe tooth pain or have cracked or lost a tooth, please call our emergency dentistry office in Sedalia today at (816) 844-7344. Robert M. Davis, DDS & Associates serve clients throughout Missouri including Sedalia, Raytown and Pleasant Hill.