A dental emergency can happen to anyone. Whether it be from a sporting event or a car accident, teeth can be chipped, cracked, or knocked out. Veneers can break. Crowns can be knocked loose.
Dr. David Delong and the rest of our Santa Clara Dentist office is here for you. If a dental emergency happens during our operating hours, give us a call immediately, and we’ll do our best to fit you in.
Unfortunately, emergencies don’t always happen at convenient times of the day. If this is the case for you, follow the instructions below in order to keep your teeth as safe and healthy as possible, until you can get where you need to go.
My Tooth Got Knocked Out. What Do I Do?
If your tooth comes loose due to accident or injury, it may be saved if a dentist sees to it within a half an hour of the incident. Follow these four steps in order to keep the tooth as safe as possible.
- Step 1: Pick up the tooth or pieces of the tooth, handling it only by the crown.
- Step 2: Rinse the tooth and mouth with clean water.
- Step 3: If possible, place the tooth back into the open socket.
- Step 4: If replacement is not possible, place the tooth in a cup or bag with milk.
Once you’ve completed these steps, speak to a dentist immediately.
Chipped or Cracked Tooth
A tooth with a chip or a crack will not usually be immediately at risk. This damage will, however, need to be addressed before too long. Call our office for further instructions.
Chips and cracks expose the delicate inner tissues to both particles and bacteria. They may also cause severe pain and temperature sensitivity. If your tooth has been damaged in this way, call our office for an appointment. We’ll repair your tooth as soon as possible, keeping it safe and healthy.