Dental emergencies can happen unexpectedly, anytime, and anywhere. Whether it’s a spirited game of touch football resulting in the accidental loss of your two front teeth or a vacation mishap while climbing onto a boat, dental issues can arise from various situations. From chipped teeth caused by food or accidents to the more severe cases of broken teeth, here are the top five reasons for emergency dental care visits.
- Knocked-Out Tooth: Losing a tooth, whether due to a sports injury or decay, requires immediate dental attention. If the tooth is salvageable, reattachment to the socket must occur within a one- or two-hour timeframe.
- Chipped Tooth: Commonly caused by accidents or injuries, a chipped tooth can be embarrassing, especially if it’s on the front. However, it can be easily repaired with options like bonding, crowns, or veneers.
- Broken Tooth: More severe than a chipped tooth, a broken tooth can result in heightened pain and discomfort. It may stem from a hidden chip, but the impact is usually more intense.
- Foreign Object Lodged: While it might seem amusing, a piece of food stuck in the wrong place can lead to a dental emergency. Deeply lodged items can cause pain and inflammation, requiring prompt attention.
- Lost Filling: Losing a filling is a more common occurrence than one might think. Immediate emergency care is essential to prevent further damage to the tooth.
In case of a dental injury, seeking emergency care promptly is crucial. Don’t hesitate in suspected emergency situations; contact Dr. Sindledecker and Dr. Saltz right away.