By Aspen Dental
Emergency Dentistry Can Protect Your Long-term Health
No matter how cautious you are, accidents can happen at any time. You should have a plan set in place for any kind of emergency, including dental emergencies. Having a plan in case of a dental emergency can save your dental and overall health in the long run.
Dental emergencies include a permanent tooth that has become very loose or has fallen out, a toothache that doesn’t go away for several days, severe inflammation, or bleeding. If you experience any of these, call our office immediately. We will guide you through what you should do before coming to our office, and we will make you an appointment to see us as soon as possible. For example, for loss of a permanent tooth, we will advise you to, without touching the root, put the tooth back in the socket or hold it between your inner cheek and gums until you arrive at our office. If you cannot keep it in your mouth, place it in a glass of milk. This is to preserve the tooth and keep it moist.
Receiving immediate care after a dental emergency protects your dental health and your long-term health. Replacing a lost tooth protects you from additional tooth loss and bone deterioration. A toothache can be a sign of infection or gum disease, which can put you at an increased risk for certain cancers, liver and kidney failure, and heart attacks.
If you have a dental emergency, call our office right away, or call 911 if we are closed. At Aspen Dental, we can give you the care you need for a dental emergency.