It’s never a good time to break a tooth, but at the Chattanooga Center for Comprehensive Dentistry, we’re always ready to help you manage a dental emergency when it arises.
Whether your dental emergency is a chipped tooth after playing catch, a loosened canine after a fall, or simply sudden pain for no clear reason at all, let us help you recover. We are always willing to see patients the same day they call with a dental emergency.
What Is a Dental Emergency?
There’s no one set definition of a dental emergency. If you believe you’re experiencing one, call us—you’re probably right! With that in mind, the following conditions are often considered emergencies and should be treated as such:
- Severe pain in the teeth or gums.
- Bleeding from the teeth or gums.
- Damaged dental work.
- Teeth that have been broken, cracked, loosened, or knocked out completely.
- A chipped tooth (especially in the front).
- Facial trauma or injury.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to reach out right away. Not only can we put a stop to any pain you may be experiencing, but we’ll be able to assess the damage and make sure the problems you’re experiencing now don’t affect you in the future.
What Should I Do If I’m Experiencing a Dental Emergency?
Call us as soon as possible, and we can schedule an appointment for you as well as giving you advice that fits your specific situation. If your emergency is particularly severe or is impacting more than just your teeth and gums, you may also want to consider visiting your local emergency room.
Generally, it is a good idea to treat pain or swelling with a cold compress. When possible, stem bleeding with gauze or other fabrics that won’t disintegrate or leave traces behind in your mouth.
If you’ve lost a tooth completely, save that tooth and bring it to our office when you come. If possible, hold the tooth in the socket it came from. If this is too painful, hold it in your cheek or keep it in a glass of milk.
Contact us immediately if you or a loved one is experiencing a dental emergency—we’ll get you on the path to recovery right away!