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What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?

Keeping up with your regular checkups can minimize your chances of encountering a serious and sudden dental problem. But accidents can happen to anyone. What's important to remember is that your dentist can typically restore your smile in spite of how bad the situation may seem. Contact your Enfield, CT, dentist, Dr. Theodore Pappas of Pappas Family Dentistry for more information about dental emergencies.

Chips and Cracks

There are many ways that you can end up with a cracked or chipped tooth. Sports injuries and hard foods are common culprits, it's why your dentist will often recommend wearing a mouthguard and avoiding hard foods altogether. But accidents, in general, are difficult to avoid.

Typically, if a tooth isn't cracked too deeply or if the chip is relatively small it may not be considered an emergency. But nevertheless, you should still make an appointment with your doctor to have your tooth examined as soon as possible, but this could be the next available office time.

But if the crack is deep or the tooth is chipped considerably it likely requires emergency care. Pain is a very effective indicator that you require emergency care.

This is true even if haven't experienced an accident, as severe pain can suggest a number of dental complications.

Knocked-Out Tooth

A mouthguard can similarly protect you against having a tooth knocked out during sports, but it's not the only way this can happen.

Losing a tooth can be a traumatic experience for anyone, so it's key to remain calm, as it's very likely that the tooth can be reattached if you take proper care immediately after.

An important thing to remember is to not handle the knocked-out tooth by the root to avoid damaging the nerves there. It must not be allowed to dry, so what's often recommended is to transport it in a container of milk on your way to your dentist. If you are far from your dentist the ADA suggests that you can very gently slide the tooth back into its socket, but it's still a good idea to call your dentist first.

If your child loses a baby tooth before they are supposed to, it can affect the way the permanent tooth behind it will erupt, so it's still important to seek out your dentist.

Emergency Dentist in Enfield, CT

Don't delay if you suspect an emergency, and don't forget to maintain your regular checkups with your dentist to help avoid one. Make an appointment today with Dr. Pappas of Pappas Family Dentistry in Enfield, CT, by dialing (860) 745-0662.

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