Is a Broken Tooth a Dental Emergency?
Have you ever had that sinking feeling after biting into something soft and chewy and feeling something hard and crunchy instead? Yes, you’ve probably chipped or have a broken tooth. So, what should you do next? First, try to assess the damage of your tooth and see if it’s chipped or completely broken off.
Dr. Matt Laurich & Dr. Dennis Laurich will usually tell you, a broken or chipped tooth is usually not a dental emergency. However, if you are experiencing a great deal of pain or bleeding you should contact one of our Laurich offices to make an appointment. Be sure to mention your broken tooth so we can try to fit you into our schedule quickly. After we thoroughly evaluate you, we’ll provide you with a treatment plan. If it is a small chip, we may simply smooth it out. For a larger break, your Livonia dentist may fill in the empty space with a composite material to match your other teeth.
Emergency Dental Care in Michigan
If you are in severe pain, are bleeding excessively, have a major tooth break, or lost a tooth, that is considered a dental emergency and you should contact a dentist in Livonia, MI right away. Since we are emergency dental specialists, we’ll be able to schedule your appointment immediately and advise you on the next steps to take.
If you experience a major tooth break, rinse your mouth with warm water and apply pressure to stop the bleeding. An ice pack will help reduce any swelling. Do not take any aspirin as that could increase the amount of bleeding. If your tooth is knocked out completely, rinse it under running water but avoid scrubbing it. We asked our friend, Dr. Ben Kacos, a dental emergency dentist in Shreveport, LA. Dr. Kacos says, “It is best to hold the tooth only by the crown, not by the root. If you are able to do so, put the tooth back into its socket. You can also put it in a mild salt solution or milk. A dry tooth can lead to damage.” Once you get to our office, one of our emergency dentists will determine whether the tooth can be saved or if it will need to be replaced.
A broken tooth may not always be an emergency, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, contact Laurich Dentistry.