If you have a dental injury, you are likely worried about how you are going to get it fixed. If this is an emergency, we urge you to reach out to us right away. We can triage you over the phone and get you in as soon as possible.
To learn more about how we treat dental injuries, please keep reading. If you do not have a dental emergency but need treatment for an injury, give us a call to set up a free consultation with our Amherst dentist today.
What are the Common Causes of a Dental Injury?
Accidents and injuries in sports are the most common reasons why we see patients with dental injuries. In sports where there is high contact with other people or equipment, it is common to see injuries.
Many athletes are supposed to wear mouth guards for competitions. Sometimes they decide they don’t need a mouthguard on for practice, and that is the day they get whacked in the face by a hockey puck.
Grinding your teeth can also cause injury to your teeth. You can end up cracking your molars if you clench your jaw a lot or grind your teeth. This is especially true for someone who has not been treated for their bruxism and grinds their teeth while they sleep.
We see a lot of patients with chipped teeth having an accident, opening packaging with their teeth, etc. That is a very common issue we can treat very simply.
Do I Need an Emergency Appointment for a Dental Injury?
One sure way to know if you have a dental emergency is to give us a call. We can help triage you over the phone to determine your level of emergency. If you do have a dental emergency, we can get you in right away.
Some indicators that you have a dental emergency would be pain that does not go away or improve with over-the-counter medicine like Tylenol. It is especially an emergency if you have sharp stabbing pains when you touch your tooth with your tongue or try to chew. That could indicate an exposed nerve.
If you have a knocked-out tooth, that is something that you should treat as an emergency. If you have the tooth and you get to a dentist right away, we may be able to place it back into the socket and add stabilizers to the tooth.
When you have had an accident and notice that the tooth looks to have been pushed into your gumline, that could indicate a fracture to the root of your tooth. You should reach out to us right away.
Any indicators that you have an infection should be treated urgently. When you have a dental infection, you are at risk of it turning into a systemic infection. That type of infection can be life-threatening. We urge you to reach out right away to get this taken care of.
Call Our Amherst Dentist for a Free Consultation
We would be glad to get you set up with a free consultation with our Amherst dentist right away. Do not wait to call if you have a dental emergency. Your dental injury could be serious if left untreated. Get in touch right away. We can help you determine if you need to get in for emergency treatment or if you can come in for a free consultation to come up with a treatment plan for your injury.