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You have the best intentions with dental care. However, no matter how careful, the unexpected can occur damaging an otherwise healthy smile. Trauma can strike anytime, even during routine activities such as playing a sport or even eating an apple. Patients in the greater Philadelphia, PA area can turn to Dr. A for emergency dental care when patients experience the unexpected. Innovative Dental By Dr. A offers treatments to protect the health of patients’ mouths.
As much as you want it to, life does not always go by your schedule. Dental issues can pop up at any time, especially when you are least expecting it. Dental emergencies often include toothaches, infections, soft tissue lacerations, broken or lost teeth, or damage to a filling or restoration.
Emergency dental care does not just occur in a dentist’s office. First aid begins before you even enter the office. First and foremost, when a problem occurs, it is important to stay calm and to contact Innovative Dental By Dr. A. Dentists are fully trained and qualified to treat a range of dental problems, including unexpected emergencies.
A dislodged tooth and a knocked tooth are common dental emergencies. While they may sound similar, these are two different cases which require special home care before arriving at the dentist’s office. A dislodged tooth is one that has become loose but is still attached to the mouth in some way. A tooth that has been knocked out is no longer attached to the gums in any way.
Trauma to the mouth can occur during a fall, a hit to the mouth, or a sports injury. When a tooth becomes dislodged or knocked out, every second matters. If a tooth becomes loose but is still somewhat attached, place the tooth back into proper position if you can. Once it is in place, bite down to keep the tooth stable until you reach the dentist.
If a tooth has been completely knocked out, the moments following the trauma are very important. The following steps improve the chances of saving your tooth.
In the best case scenario, if your tooth has been located and preserved, it can be reinserted and restored. If the tooth cannot be saved, your emergency dentist will give you options such as dental implants or restorations.
Dental emergencies encompass more than just a dislodged or knocked out tooth. Dental emergencies can strike at any time, even during the most routine activities. If you experience dental trauma, the following tips may be helpful until you get to the dentist’s office.
Each situation and patient is different. When emergency dental care is needed, your dentist assesses your teeth, gums, and mouth to determine the problem and course of action. Regardless of the emergency, the goal is to first ease your pain and to preserve the health of your mouth.
Dr. Anirudh Patel is a board-certified dentist at Innovative Dental by Dr. A in Philadelphia. A graduate of
Case Western Reserve
University, the University of Maryland (magna cum laude), and the Academy of
Modern Implant Dentistry, Dr. A is a board-certified American Dental Association (ADA) member and a member of Spear
Education and the
Spear Study Club and Phelan Dental Seminars.
He is currently pursuing his general dentistry fellowship and is qualified in all dental specialties, including dental surgery, full mouth rehabilitation, orthodontics, cosmetic and general dentistry. After practicing dentistry for eight years, Dr. A received the findatopdoctor.com award in 2022.
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