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Do you know what you would do during a dental emergency? Do you know what would qualify as a dental emergency? Accidents can happen very quickly and can be incredibly unpleasant experiences. But if you know what to do, you could actually take steps to save your tooth.

Many things can constitute a dental emergency. For example, trauma to a tooth often leads to a dental emergency. Any cracked, chipped, fractured, or dislodged tooth should be considered an emergency. Similarly, if you lose a crown or a filling, or are experiencing pain, we recommend seeking dental help immediately.

If you suffer a dental emergency, it’s imperative for you to visit a dentist as soon as possible. Unfortunately, if you don’t care for your teeth well following trauma, you could have to cope with a number of serious consequences. For example, a cracked tooth can lead to symptoms such as bleeding or swollen gums, extreme pain, and bad breath, among other things. Similarly, if you lose a tooth, you could be more vulnerable to decay, gingivitis, and shifting teeth.

Luckily, there are things you can consider doing if you’re coping with any of these emergencies. Since several of these emergencies can cause discomfort, you could take over-the-counter pain medications. However, please remember to avoid placing the pain killer directly on your tooth. If you do this, you could cause more damage to your teeth. Dental cement can also help if you’re coping with a cracked, chipped, or fractured tooth.

If you have question or concerns about dental emergencies, please feel free to contact North Point Dental Group, LLC at 541-754-4017. Dr. Glenn D. Balkins, Mark P. Swensen and Dr. Haslam and our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We’re eager to hear from you soon.