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Pain, Swelling, and Other Signs That Point to a Dental Emergency

October 18, 2017
Posted By: Dr. H. Justin Harlow, DDS
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One of the best ways to avoid most dental emergencies is to visit your dentist regularly. That said, sometimes emergencies still happen, and you need to get in to see a top dentist in Charlotte right away. How do you know what constitutes a dental emergency? Let’s take a look at some of the signs that mean you need to get to the dentist right away.

Knocked-Out or Damaged Tooth

If you have suffered a trauma that has knocked out your tooth, you need to get to the dentist as soon as possible. In some cases, a tooth can be re-implanted. Treat the knocked-out tooth carefully, touching it only at the crown and not the tooth root.

It’s important to keep the tooth moist. You might try to reinsert it into the socket. If that is not possible, put it in your mouth and hold it between your cheek and gum. Another option is to keep the tooth in a cup of milk until you see the dentist.

If your tooth is knocked out of position but still attached at the root, try to gently push it back into position. Call your dentist immediately for further instructions.

If you have chipped or broken a tooth, you need to get to the dentist sooner rather than later. If you have the portion that broke off, keep it in a cool, moist cloth and bring it to the dentist with you.

Pain or Swelling in the Mouth

If you have tooth pain that isn’t getting any better, you might have a cavity or an infection. If you have a high fever or severe swelling in the gums around the affected tooth, or if there is pus or other fluid draining from the area, you need to get to the dentist immediately.

Call Your Charlotte Top Dentist

If you are unsure as to whether or not you are experiencing a dental emergency, just give us a call! We can help you decide whether you need to be seen immediately or if it can wait.



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