Many people think that a toothache or a loose tooth is no big deal. They may be right for a short time, but problems in the mouth have a tendency to become much bigger and more serious problems if left unattended. In fact, some problems in the mouth can cause tooth loss and even affect your general health. Don’t let problems with your teeth, gums, or the insides of your mouth go without professional care. In any dental emergency in the Neenah, WI area, contact Smile Creations immediately at 920-243-4122.
What Qualifies As A Dental Emergency?
Emergencies don’t have to be life-threatening to demand treatment. For instance, a broken leg needs prompt care to avoid suffering and ensure proper healing. Dental emergencies include:
- A tooth that has been knocked out of its socket
- A damaged or broken tooth
- A loose tooth
- A tooth that has fallen out on its own
- Sudden, unexplained, severe pain in a tooth or the jaw
- Severe pain in those areas suddenly stops
- Substantial bleeding from the tongue, gums, or the insides of the cheeks.
Lost Or Damaged Teeth
Accidents or other impacts are the usual cause of tooth being knocked completely out of its socket. It may be possible for your to put your tooth back in place. Take care to avoid touching the root while you rinse it off thoroughly and try to insert it back into its socket. If you’re successful, leave it alone! The tooth has a good chance of re-rooting properly. If you’re unsuccessful, contact our Neenah, WI office at once at 920-243-4122. Dr. James Eike is very skilled at getting teeth back in place.
A tooth that has been damaged can be due to impact or to dental decay. If the damage is severe enough, the nerve will be exposed leading to severe pain. Don’t try to tough it out! Damaged tooth enamel exposes the inside of the tooth to disease-causing bacteria. Contact Smile Creations immediately.
Unexplained Tooth Loss Or Loosened Tooth
Teeth are firmly fixed to the underlying bone and stabilized by ligaments. If a tooth suddenly falls out, it means that the tooth root is damaged, that the underlying bone is damaged, or both. This is usually due to untreated gum disease. The same holds true for a permanent (adult) tooth that has become loose.
When it comes to dental emergencies, time is teeth. The longer you wait to seek professional dental care, the greater the chance of losing teeth permanently or suffering potentially serious health problems due to infection.
Significant bleeding in the mouth may be due to a problem with dental work such as a cracked or broken crown or dental bridge. It can also be due to impact. If you’re not able to stop the bleeding within a reasonable period of time, visit your local emergency room at once.
At Your Emergency Appointment
When you arrive at our Neenah, WI dental practice, we’ll take immediate steps to get you out of pain. That will be followed by a thorough examination and dental X-rays or other imaging as indicated.
If a tooth can’t be salvaged, Dr. Eike may recommend a dental implant to replace it. Damaged teeth can often be repaired and protected by a dental crown. And if there are signs of gum disease, he’ll create a plan to address that problem before it gets any worse.
A dental emergency is a true emergency. In the Neenah, WI area, call Smile Creations at 920-243-4122 for an immediate emergency visit.