You should seek immediate dental care if you are experiencing severe pain or any of the below has occurred:
- Injury to the gums or teeth: Injuries to the gums or teeth should not be ignored, especially if you are experiencing severe pain that cannot be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
- Infections: Infections that are left untreated can lead to serious dental and overall health problems.
- Chips or fractures to teeth: Any chips or fractures to your teeth be treated immediately so that the pulp of the tooth can be protected.
- Lost fillings or crowns
- If a tooth has been knocked out it must be re-implanted in the tooth socket quickly. Every second a tooth is dislodged, cells on the tooth’s root die. You have fewer than two hours to have a tooth successfully re-implanted. Seek emergency care from an endodontist or an emergency dentist within 30 minutes to attempt to save the tooth. Do the following: 1. Rinse the tooth with water. Do not dry or scrub the tooth. 2. Reposition the knocked-out tooth in the tooth’s socket, and carefully and gently push it into place with your clean fingers. If the tooth will not stay in place, put it in water or milk, or tuck it next to your cheek.