How to prevent dental emergencies

girl covers her mouth with her hands At Schmitt Dental in Tennessee, we see patients who are experiencing dental emergencies. These are dental problems that might arise at very inopportune and inconvenient times. A dental emergency is considered any dental issue that needs immediate attention.

Some common dental emergencies include:

  • Knocked-out permanent, adult tooth
  • Significant damage to the soft tissues in the mouth
  • A severe toothache that might indicate an infection
  • Lost restorations including dental crowns, bridges, or fillings

When problems like this arise, it is vital to understand that time is of the essence. This is especially true for knocked-out teeth, which should be reattached within an hour or two of loss to increase the likelihood of successful treatment. Issues such as lost fillings should be replaced by a dental professional as soon as possible, as the filling can leave the inner canals of a tooth exposed and at risk of developing infection—and then requiring more invasive and experience procedures such as root canal therapy.

What if I am not a patient?

Even if you are not a current patient of Schmitt Dental, we will see you during your dental emergency. We welcome new patients who require immediate treatment and encourage them to make us their home for all their dental needs!

How do I prevent dental emergencies?

To reduce the risk of a dental emergency, it is important that patients hold value in a proactive approach to their dental health. This means visiting the dentist regularly, preferably every six months, for a cleaning and evaluation. Patients should also be diligent about brushing after every meal, flossing at least once a day, and reducing sugar intake with sodas and candy. Drinking more water will always help in flushing away food particles, too!

What do I do if I have a dental emergency?

The first step in addressing a dental problem immediately is calling your dentist to make a same-day appointment. The team at Schmitt Dental provide six locations throughout the communities of Clarksville, TN that can assist in one’s time of need. Call one of our locations to connect with a dental professional that can help you with your immediate dental needs.

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