Dental Emergencies FAQ

WHAT DENTAL PROCEDURES CAN AN ER HELP WITH?

Dental emergencies happen at inconvenient times, that’s why they are called emergencies. Maybe you fell down the stairs and hurt your jaw or cousin Mike accidentally hit you with a baseball- it happens. Typically, the emergency room can provide you antibiotics or pain medications to help ease any discomfort, but most ERs don’t have a dentist on hand. If you are in excruciating pain, it may be a good idea to go to the emergency room before calling your local dentist. However, if a crown fell off and you’re not in immediate pain, we recommend calling your dentist to schedule an appointment ASAP.
CAN HARD CANDY OR POPCORN BREAK MY TEETH?

They absolutely can! We always recommend limiting hard candy or popcorn to protect the health of your teeth. Hard candy is a double edge sword- not only are they hard and tough, they are also typically very sticky. These foods put you at high risk for break a tooth, filling, or crown. With popcorn, it’s vital to eat only full popped kernels. Eating partially popped kernels can put your teeth at risk to break or chip.
WHAT DO I DO IF MY CROWN OR BRIDGE BREAKS OFF?

Call your dentist immediately and make an appointment! You will more than likely not be in any pain, but it is crucial to fix this problem sooner rather than later. Only eat soft foods until you can get seen by your dentist. Avoid chips, apples, carrots, and peanut brittle- just to name a few.
WHAT IS A DENTAL ABSCESS?

An abscess can happen in multiple areas of your tooth for math different reasons. It’s an infection within a tooth that has spread to the root or tip of the tooth. You more than likely will not know that you have an abscess, you will just be in a significant amount of pain. The area will be swollen and will omit some sort of odor or a bad taste in your mouth.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BROKEN TOOTH AND A BROKEN FILLING?

In both circumstances, you will feel a sharp edge and food stuck may be getting stuck in your tooth. A broken filling means there’sa cavity within that tooth. With both a broken tooth and a broken filling, you may not feel any immediate pain or sensitivity. Even if you aren’t in any pain, it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible before the damage becomes severe.
HOW CAN I BETTER PROTECT MY TEETH?

The best way to protect your teeth is to eat nothing but soft, low acidic foods for the rest of your life- but that isn’t practical! Everything is fine in moderation. Limit hard foods and candies and brush and floss your teeth twice a day to keep your smile healthy.
I BIT MY TONGUE, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

IF YOU BITE YOUR TONGUE OR CHEEK, PUT AN ICE CUBE ON THE AREA TO HELP EASE ANY INFLAMMATION. IF THIS CONTINUES TO HAPPEN, SEE YOUR DENTIST ABOUT CHECKING THE BITE OF YOUR JAW. A MOUTH GUARD MAY BE THE answer to your problems!
WHAT DO I DO IF I KNOCK OUT A TOOTH?

Put the tooth in a small glass of milk and go see your dentist in Toledo immediately! The calcium in the milk will help preserve your tooth for your family dentist to repair.
HOW DO I TREAT A TOOTHACHE?

Put a cold compress on the side that is in pain and see your dentist to treat the problem. A toothache is very general and there are a variety of things that could be going wrong.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO SEE A DENTIST WHEN I’M TRAVELING?

Call your local family dentist and see if they know anyone in the area- odds are, they will! The next step would be to find a local dentist and see if they will take emergency patients. If all else fails, go to the emergency room.

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