What Is a True Dental Emergency?

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Dental emergencies often happen when least expected, and your trusted team at Kraklow Family Dentistry is here to help. Some injuries require immediate attention in our office, while others can be cared for at home. We recommend contacting us right away for guidance. 

What Is a True Dental Emergency?

A true dental emergency is one that requires urgent care to control pain, treat an infection, stop bleeding, or save a tooth. The following are some common dental emergencies:

  • Severe tooth pain
  • Swollen or painful gums
  • A stiff or painful jaw
  • A knocked-out or dislodged tooth
  • A broken or cracked tooth
  • A cut and bleeding tongue or lip

When Should You Seek Emergency Care?

Any of the above scenarios will warrant a call to our office. If not sure whether you or a loved one is experiencing a “true” dental emergency, we urge you to contact us right away. We will evaluate your unique concerns and recommend the best course of action. 

Injuries don’t always appear as serious as they may be, and without a professional evaluation, you risk the chance of more serious problems, especially in children. The sooner you contact us, the better the chances of preventing unnecessary complications. 

If you experience a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.

What Can You Do in a Dental Emergency?

The first thing to do in a dental emergency is to contact our office for guidance. Meanwhile, here are some things you can do to help:

  • Tooth Pain:  Use a cold compress to soothe the area and rinse with warm water. Never place aspirin on any pain killer on the affected tooth. 
  • Dental Abscess: This serious infection can be quite painful and can spread to the nearby teeth and jawbone, and may even enter your bloodstream. Contact us right away if you see a pimple or bump on your gums. 
  • Knocked-Out Tooth: Pick up the tooth by the crown and gently return it to its socket. If that’s not possible, carry it in a small milk container and bring it to your emergency appointment.
  • Cracked or Broken Tooth: Rinse with warm water and use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Collect any pieces of your tooth and bring them to your emergency appointment.
  • Oral Injuries: Place pressure on the wound to control bleeding. If you or a loved one have heavy uncontrolled bleeding, head to your nearest emergency room immediately. 
  • Lost Crown or Filling: Over-the-counter dental cement can help hold your crown in place or replace your filling until your dental appointment. Avoid using super glue to repair your restoration.

Emergency Dental Care in Waukesha, WI

If you or a loved one ever experiences a dental emergency, please call our office immediately at 262-547-4433. Our team is fully prepared and equipped to provide you with the needed emergency dental services. You can always count on us for the highest level of service!