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What to Do First in a Dental Emergency

January 30, 2018
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Posted By: Dr. Roberto Monteagudo
Tooth and First Aid Kit | Emergency Dentist in Milwaukee

Dental emergencies can be alarming, and if they are painful, they can be downright traumatic. Before you do anything: Stop, take a deep breath, and assess the situation.

If you have a dental emergency in the West Allis, WI  area, our team is here to help.

Dental Emergency Situations

The most common dental emergency situations are a knocked-out tooth or a broken tooth. While both scenarios can feel stressful, they do not necessarily mean that your tooth is lost forever.

Knocked-out tooth – If you’re playing sports or have an accident, it’s possible that your teeth took a hit. If it is knocked completely out, pick up the tooth without touching the root area, gently rinse it, and try to put it back in place. If you can’t, place it in a small container with a little milk. Either way, call us right away. 

If you act fast, we may be able to save the tooth by using a temporary anchor, such as bonding, to keep it stable as the bone heals.

A Fractured or Broken Tooth

A broken tooth may or may not cause pain. It’s still a dental emergency, either way, and our dentist should see you as soon as possible for your dental emergency in West Allis, WI.

A broken tooth can continue to deteriorate without proper treatment. While there are no guarantees regarding a broken tooth, more often than not, we can restore it with a dental crown or another type of restoration.

If you do not have a dentist with whom you have established a relationship, we are still happy to help you in an emergency situation. Once we address your immediate needs, our proactive approach to dentistry will help you avoid emergencies in the future.

Give us a call, even if you are not sure you are experiencing a true dental emergency. We will walk you through the process and get you the answers you need.

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