A dental emergency is a dental problem that requires immediate professional treatment. Some of the most common examples of dental emergencies include:
Dr. Kraft and Dr. Last always try to see patients with dental emergencies on the same day. However, if a same-day appointment isn’t available, Dr. Kraft and Dr. Last will see you as soon as they can. They’ll also provide self-care instructions you can use to deal with the issue while you wait for your appointment.
To ensure you get an appointment as soon as possible, please call our office as soon as you know you’ll need emergency treatment.
If you can’t get an appointment immediately when a dental emergency occurs, you can take steps to manage the issue on your own until you can see Dr. Kraftor Dr. Last. For example, if you have a knocked out tooth, you can try to place the tooth back in the socket until you get to the dentist. If you can’t get the tooth back into the socket, store it in milk or between your cheek and gum instead.
If you have swelling or pain related to your dental emergency, you can use cold compresses to get relief. Over-the-counter pain medication may also be beneficial.
Some dental emergencies are unavoidable. However, you may be able to reduce the risk of emergency situations by protecting and caring for your teeth. Brush and floss your teeth daily, and always keep your cleaning and checkup appointments with Dr. Kraftor Dr. Last.
If you participate in high-impact sports or other activities that put your teeth at risk, wear an appropriate mouth guard for protection. In addition, you should also avoid any activities that put too much stress on your teeth, such as using them as a tool to open things. Also, don’t chew hard candies and ice as they can cause damage.
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