Life happens! We are here for your Dental emergencies. Please feel free to call our office number 610-327-1175.
Dental emergencies do not always involve pain, although this is a common signal that something needs to be looked at. Pain can originate from the tooth, surrounding tissues or can have the sensation of originating in the teeth but be caused by an independent source.
Emergency can take any form – a knocked tooth, lose tooth, bleeding around teeth, jaw injury, cracked tooth etc. When you’re dealing with a dental problem, your dentist should be your first call. But what if you encounter a problem on a holiday, weekend, or in the middle of the night? Mint Family Dental is still here – please ask to page the Dentist if you get our answering service.
How to Know if Its a Dental Emergency?
- Are you in severe pain? Severe pain and bleeding are signs of an emergency.
- Have you lost a tooth? Fast treatment can potentially save a tooth.
- Do you have loose teeth? Adults should never lose teeth. A loose tooth, even without pain, is a serious problem.
- Do you have an infection? An abscess or serious infection in your mouth can be potentially life-threatening, and treatment should not wait. You may notice swelling or knots on your gums or swelling around the face.
- Are you bleeding from the mouth? This is a potential sign of an emergency.
The Knocked Tooth
Teeth that have been knocked-out from their sockets are among the most common emergencies that we deal with at our clinic. The most common cause of knocked-out teeth is sports-related injuries, but there are numerous possible reasons that it can happen.
A knocked-out tooth requires immediate attention, and an appointment should be made with our clinic right away.
The Cracked Tooth
A cracked tooth is not as serious as a knocked out tooth, but it still requires an emergency dental visit. As soon as you are able, rinse your mouth out with warm water. You should rinse until you can no longer see blood. Once your mouth is clean, apply a clean, cold compress to the area to limit the amount of swelling that occurs as well as the amount of pain you suffer.Cracks and chips in teeth allow bacteria to get under the tooth, which can lead to a serious infection if left untreated.