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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

September 29, 2020
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Posted By: Dr. Daniel Ackerman
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When you are overwhelmed with a tooth emergency, your first thought is to find an emergency dentist near me. This is the right thing to do since your dentist is better equipped to handle your dental problem than a hospital emergency room.

However, there are also a few things to know to make the situation less stressful, like how to handle certain dental conditions until you can get to your emergency dentist in Boise.

Handling Dental Pain in Boise

If you have a tooth that is sensitive or painful to the point that you're unable to sleep at night or perform your routine tasks during the day, you should get immediate attention from your dentist. The discomfort you are experiencing could be the indicator of a tooth infection, and this condition will not resolve itself without treatment from your dentist.

Don't wait to call your dentist, because a tooth infection that is left untreated will get progressively worse and could affect neighboring teeth. Severe dental infections can even result in tooth loss.

What to Do with a Lost or Broken Restoration

If you have a filling or tooth crown that breaks or falls out, you should visit your dentist as soon as possible even if the tooth isn't causing any discomfort. A lost restoration could expose sensitive roots or lead to further damage, so it's best to replace or repair it as soon as you can.

A Knocked-Out Tooth

A knocked-out tooth is a serious condition, and time is of the essence here because your Boise dentist may be able to save your tooth if you act quickly.

Be gentle when bringing your tooth to the dental office. Try not to touch it too much and place it back in its socket if possible. If not, use milk or saliva to keep it moist during transport.

A Chipped or Broken Tooth

If your tooth has a small chip, it may not need immediate attention, but it should be smoothed or repaired in the future to avoid irritation to your soft tissues.

If you broke your tooth, gather as many pieces of it as possible and bring them to your dentist.

Contact Ackerman Family Dentistry for Emergencies

If you or a loved one is experiencing a tooth emergency in Boise, ID, Ackerman Family Dentistry is the team patients trust for prompt emergency dental treatment. Don't hesitate to call us at (208) 376-7954 to schedule an appointment. 

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