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In Case of an Emergency

What to do in case of an Emergency

As we all know, accidents can and do happen. If you or someone you know has a dental emergency, don’t panic. These tips will tell you what to do in case of a dental emergency.

Tooth Knocked Out

Place the tooth in a wet napkin or cup of water.

See a dentist immediately.

Sometimes, if the tooth is placed back in its socket soon enough by your dentist, the tooth can be saved but it should be constantly monitored.

Time is critical in this situation!

Broken or chipped Tooth

Remove the fractured piece to prevent choking and don’t chew on anything hard. Call your dentist immediately. Some teeth can be filled. More severe cases may need to be crowned. If the tooth has broken into the nerve the tooth may need to be extracted.

If you have a broken or chipped tooth that is not the result of a recent trauma, Dr. Gaba can evaluate the tooth for possible treatment. It is still important to have the tooth evaluated right away, because in some situations a minor procedure now can save you from a more significant procedure in the near future!

If you have a broken or chipped tooth as a result of a very recent trauma or accident, contact your dentist immediately!

A very small chip may be corrected by enamel shaping. If the chip is a little larger, the best options may be bonding. Large chips and fractured teeth even in molars generally require a crown only once direct composite bonding is not anymore indicated. Dr. Gaba would like to approach this procedure conservatively, saving as much tooth structure as possible.

If a root canal was opted not to be performed for health reasons, an extraction is needed. The missing tooth can be replaced conservatively with a removable partial denture.

Each case is unique. Your dentist can properly diagnose the best course of treatment for your tooth.