Dental emergencies happen from time to time. A dental emergency involves pain or swelling associated with a tooth, whether it is from decay, fracture, or from a fall. We encourage you to call right away if you start having symptoms because it’s Murphy’s Law that it will happen on a holiday or weekend. The good news is, whenever you need us, we’re here for you – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
This is a very common occurrence but normally not a real emergency. When it is a back tooth it often is just a fractured cusp that is sharp to the tongue. You can smooth the sharp edge with a fingernail sander or a small piece of wet or dry sandpaper. The same can be done for front teeth except if you see a small spot of red on the tooth you should see the dentist immediately. Crowns are the usual treatment for broken back teeth.
A more common emergency is an accident where a large piece of a front tooth is fractured. Put cold compresses on the face if there is trauma to this area. If possible save the fractured piece in a wet tissue and call our office immediately. Sometimes the piece can be bonded back on.