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What Constitutes an Emergency Dental Visit?

Published on July 20th, 2018

Your oral health is likely something that you take very seriously. When something goes wrong, you want to make sure that you are tending to the problem as quickly and efficiently as possible. But at what point is it necessary to visit our Chesterfield dentist in an emergency situation? Here are some factors to consider that will help you determine whether your dental malfunction can wait for normal business hours or if you need to seek immediate help.

What the Injury Is

Among the most common dental injuries include a cracked, broken or knocked out tooth. If the crack is small or there is a minor chip, schedule an appointment with us for normal business hours. However, if there is a significant crack or even nerve damage, this is something that constitutes an emergency trip to our Chesterfield dentist. The same goes for a tooth that has been completely knocked out. The sooner you address a serious problem, the less extensive the recovery process will be.

What to Do with a Knocked-Out Tooth

Adults shouldn’t be losing their teeth. If your tooth has been knocked out, try to place it back into your socket without touching the root. If this is not possible, put the tooth in-between your cheek and your teeth. Otherwise, keep your tooth in milk to preserve it.

Protecting Yourself from Dental Emergencies

Setting up routine appointments can help avoid dental emergencies, as we will address any problems before they progress. When it comes to seeing an emergency dentist, you’d rather be safe than sorry. Use your best judgment to determine when you should visit our Chesterfield dentist. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns!

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