Dental injuries always seem to happen at the most inconvenient time, and it can be difficult to know if your injury requires emergency treatment. Below are some of the differences between dental emergencies and accidents that can wait until the next day.
What dental injuries need next-day services?
There are some dental injuries that may be inconvenient but respond well to at-home treatment if your Arlington emergency dentist isn't available until the next day. Chipping a tooth, for example, doesn't typically cause problems unless the edge is very rough; dental wax placed over the tooth cushions the area until it can be treated. A crown or filling that has dislodged can usually wait unless the tooth underneath it has been severely damaged. If the crown isn't broken, you can use denture adhesive to put it back in place until you can see Dr. Reed.
What is a true dental emergency?
Any time a tooth is avulsed, or knocked out, you need to be treated within an hour to prevent a permanent loss. This is also true of teeth that have been extruded or shifted out of place. In the meantime, the tooth should be placed in a preservation solution, which can be found at any major drugstore. It's a good idea to keep one or two of these kits on hand at home or in a first aid kit in your car rather than rushing to purchase one.
In addition, facial swelling, severe pain, and fever that are associated with an abscess, which is an infection around a tooth, should be assessed quickly.
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