You only get one set of teeth, so if you’ve knocked out a tooth or are having another dental emergency, Drs. Minh Nguyen and Thanh-Truc Nguyen and the rest of the team at Sun-Park Dental in Rocklin, California, offer same-day emergency dental care to save and protect your teeth. You can book appointments online or call the practice for immediate attention.
A dental emergency is a situation where your teeth are at serious risk. This could be an injury that loosens or knocks out a tooth, or a case where a tooth has chipped or cracked, leaving a jagged edge that damages your gums or cheeks. Any situation where you need assistance to stop bleeding or relieve pain is considered a dental emergency.
Other situations that could be dental emergencies include infections or abscesses. When your gums are severely infected, the infection can spread and lead to serious illness, tooth loss, or worse.
However, if your dental problem isn’t putting your tooth or overall well-being at immediate risk, it doesn’t constitute a dental emergency. For example, while toothaches are painful and bothersome and should be treated promptly, they’re not typically dental emergencies.
Injuries that loosen, damage, or knock out a tooth are the most common form of dental emergencies. If you or your child play sports, you might damage a tooth during a collision. It’s also common to damage your teeth in automobile accidents.
Injuries that damage the soft tissue in your mouth can also be dental emergencies, especially if the injury won’t stop bleeding. Abscessed teeth are another kind of dental emergency. A tooth abscess can lead to severe infection, fever, and other dangerous symptoms.
If one of your teeth has been knocked out, avoid touching the tooth root and, if possible, gently place the tooth back into the socket. If you can’t put your tooth back in the socket, nestle it between your gum and your cheek or put it in a small sealed container of milk. The important thing is to keep the tooth moist and clean while you’re on your way to Sun-Park Dental for emergency care. Don’t submerge your tooth in water, though.
Keeping your teeth healthy and strong with regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups is an important part of avoiding dental emergencies. If you or your child play sports, always wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth.
If you’re having a dental emergency, you can book a same-day appointment online or call the office to let them know your situation and schedule an appointment for emergency care.