Abscessed teeth, a broken tooth, or a bleeding mouth wound are all good reasons to find an emergency dentist near you as soon as possible. O’Tisha Preston-Hill, DDS, and her team at Monarch Family Dentistry in Douglasville, Georgia, can serve the emergency dental needs of everyone in your family. If you have a dental emergency, call the office closest to you, or request a visit online.
An emergency dentist treats dental and mouth injuries that need immediate attention. Dental emergencies are typically any situation in which you need to save a broken or knocked-out tooth. Visiting Monarch Family Dentistry within half an hour of your mouth or tooth injury gives you the best chance to save your tooth.
It's never a bad idea to find emergency dental care if you're concerned about a severe oral injury or condition for yourself or a member of your family. Some situations that are considered dental emergencies include:
Chipping a tooth in and of itself doesn't always warrant emergency dental care. If the tooth is chipped, but it doesn't appear as if you'll lose the tooth entirely, it's probably not a dental emergency. That said, feel free to contact an experienced dentist at Monarch Family Dentistry if you're concerned. They can explain how to take care of your tooth until you can make it into the office.
Quick action is imperative for a dental emergency like a knocked-out tooth. Put off going to the dentist and there's a good chance you'll lose the tooth for good. Promptly clean your mouth and the injured tooth, especially if it's fallen out and gotten dirty. Rinse your mouth and tooth with warm water, being careful not to touch the tooth by the roots.
Gently handle the tooth by the crown (top) as you rinse it. Using light pressure, reposition the cleaned tooth in the empty socket in your gum. Try to gently bite down to keep your tooth in place until you can get to Monarch Family Dentistry. Call immediately, or have someone call for you to explain the situation.
If the tooth can't be replaced in the empty socket, place it in a small cup of cold milk. The milk will help preserve the roots until you can make it into the office. When you're facing a dental emergency, call Monarch Family Dentistry for assistance.