A dental emergency can be stressful and frightening, especially if you are in pain or bleeding. However, it is important to stay as calm as possible while you assess what is happened and carry out any immediate first aid that is necessary. For example, stemming the flow of blood from your tooth or recovering a tooth that has been knocked out. If you’ve lost all or part of a tooth and can recover it, you should pop it in a glass of water or milk to preserve it. Make sure that you don’t touch the root as doing so, even gently, could damage it and make it less likely to reattach successfully.
When you can, contact our dental office and explain the nature of your emergency to our team. They will carry out a brief telephone assessment of your condition to determine if you need a same-day appointment. They may also give you further advice on what you should do until you attend your appointment.
The aim of emergency dental care is to provide relief from any severe pain, stop any bleeding and restore the function of your teeth. Exactly what will happen will depend on the nature of your emergency. Some examples include:
- Prescribing strong pain relief
- Prescribing antibiotics for an infection
- Carrying out an emergency procedure such as root canal or an extraction
- Carrying out a temporary repair to restore the function of your teeth, such as a filling or crown (you’ll then need to return in a regular appointment to have a bespoke restoration created and fitted).
If you would like more information about emergency dental care, please get in touch with our experienced and knowledgeable dental team in Rockford, IL who would be delighted to offer their expertise and support.