Dental Emergencies and Trauma

You can’t plan for dental emergencies and trauma … or can you? Smiles 4 Life in Tulsa, Oklahoma, offers emergency care services because when disaster strikes, you can’t wait until office hours. You have a good chance of experiencing at least one dental emergency in your life, whether it’s a playground accident, a trip and fall, or biting into some toffee a little too eagerly. Not all dental traumas are emergencies, but many are. If you’re uncertain, you need a local, professional dental crew at the ready. With your oral health, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

If there’s pain or bleeding post-trauma, call Smiles 4 Life right away and a dental expert can tell you if you have a dental emergency on your hands. In some cases, a knocked-out tooth can be saved, but it must be done right away. If possible, find the tooth and store it in either the person’s saliva (best) or milk (runner up). You only have a few hours to potentially put back the original tooth, so it’s imperative to see a dentist right away.

Is This an Emergency?

Other types of trauma include a tooth that’s loosened (but intact), fractured/cracked teeth, chipped teeth and bruised teeth. A tooth that’s loose but still intact is usually an emergency situation. Only a dentist can tell how severe the trauma is, and it may be possible to save the tooth by giving it a little more support. Fractures and cracks can be painful, but then again you may have no pain at all. Painful fractures often require emergency dental treatment, while non-painful fractures can usually wait until business hours and can be addressed with a filling or crown.

Smaller fractures and chips are often surface level and solely an aesthetic issue. However, never assume it’s just a chip. You may have more severe damage even in the absence of pain. Again, only a dentist can know for certain. It may be critical to address lesser damage with a crown or filling in order to prevent bacteria and plaque buildup. In many cases, you may want to repair a chip for aesthetic reasons, too.

Timing is Everything

Children in particular have a knack for racking up dental traumas, often at the most inopportune times. Dental emergencies don’t stick to bankers’ hours, and neither does Smiles 4 Life. Your local Tulsa dental professionals might not have business hours 24/7, but we’re there for you when trouble’s brewing. Call the emergency number after hours and connect with an expert who can advise you on your next move. An urgent appointment may be required, regardless of day or time.