Whether you or a loved one has experienced a fall, a sports injury, a car accident, or any other traumatic event that leads to a minor dental injury, Western Dental can provide immediate dental care. Our emergency dentists expertly treat everything from chipped teeth to gum injuries.
Tooth Fractures: Chipped, Cracked or Broken Tooth
Tooth fractures are among the most common and easily treatable dental injuries and include chipped, cracked or broken teeth.
A chipped tooth is a minor tooth fracture that only involves chipping of the enamel (the tooth’s outer layer). A chipped tooth does not result in bleeding of the gums or displacement of the tooth. The most common symptom of a chipped tooth is irritation of the check or tongue caused by the chipped edges, which can be quite sharp and rough.
Western Dental’s typical chipped tooth treatment involves placing a dental filling, crown or cap over the tooth to restore its normal contour and protect the pulp.
A cracked tooth is one that has developed a fracture resulting from a traumatic injury or stresses like grinding or chewing on hard objects. If you’ve cracked a tooth, you will likely experience pain when chewing or when your tooth is exposed to hot or cold foods and liquids.
There are a variety of treatment options for cracked teeth depending on injury location and severity. Regardless if your individual situation, it’s very important to quickly contact a Western Dental dentist since an untreated cracked tooth can progressively worsen and lead to the loss of the tooth.
A broken tooth is a serious fracture that should be treated immediately. The dentists at Western Dental may be able to reattach broken pieces to your tooth’s crown or restore your tooth’s appearance using tooth-colored bonding material. In severe cases, your broken tooth may require a root canal or other dental procedure.
A knocked-out tooth can be saved but every moment counts so call Western Dental immediately and follow these instructions:
1. Quickly pick up the tooth (being careful not to touch the root).
2. Rinse the tooth with water (DO NOT STORE THE TOOTH IN WATER).
3. If you can, place the tooth back into the socket and try to keep it securely in place on your way to our dental office.
4. If you can’t put the tooth back into the socket, place the tooth in a glass of cold, whole milk (whole milk helps the tooth’s roots to survive).
For your dentist to have the best success re-implanting your tooth, DO NOT SCRUB THE TOOTH OR LET IT DRY OUT.
In many instances, loosened teeth can be completely fixed with proper dental care. Like other dental fractures, time is of the essence and you should attempt to have your loose tooth treated within 6 hours.
Soft Tissue Injuries (Cheek or Gum)
If you or a loved one injures the soft tissue of the cheek or gum, carefully remove any foreign matter from the mouth and clean the impacted area with mild soap and water. Apply gentle pressure to control any bleeding and then call Western Dental. If your bleeding hasn’t stopped within 15 minutes of the injury, visit an emergency room immediately!
While it could be the result of a more serious dental condition or trauma, tooth pain is commonly caused by tooth decay. If you’re experiencing any form of tooth pain, we encourage you to make a dental appointment.
Swelling (Gums or Jaws)
If you or a loved one notices swelling in the gums around the teeth, we urge you to make a dental appointment as soon as possible. While swelling is most often the result of an infection, it could also be an indication of gum disease.
If you’ve had a minor dental injury, contact Western Dental quickly to make a dental appointment.
If your dental injury is severe and/or involves significant head, neck or facial trauma, please call 911 and seek immediate emergency medical treatment!