December 1, 2018
The winter holiday season is upon us, and everyone is looking forward to family get-togethers, parties, and great food! This is not the time of year that you or a loved one needs to “tough out” a dental problem. In any dental emergency, even during the holidays, count on Appalachian Dental Care in Boone, NC for fast pain relief and effective professional dental care. Call us at once at 828-355-5673 for an emergency appointment.
If You Think It’s An Emergency, It Probably Is
If you were in severe pain, you’d probably contact your doctor or go the emergency room. If you had damaged a finger or hand to the point where you couldn’t use it at all, you’d seek care. If you were bleeding and couldn’t stop the bleeding, you’d be in the emergency room. Not all medical emergencies are life-threatening; many involve keeping one or more body parts functional and alleviating pain.
Just like hospital emergency room care, dental emergency care is designed to ease severe pain and preserve teeth. A dental emergency is any situation where you or a loved one is suffering severe dental pain, has damage to one or more teeth, or a tooth has been knocked loose or come out of its socket completely. Dr. Steven Airey at Appalachian Dental Care will get you out of pain fast, assess, the problem, and provide effective treatment.
Teeth aren’t supposed to hurt, and severe dental pain definitely indicates that something is wrong. Usually, severe pain is due to dental infection that has reached the nerve. Don’t take infection likely; if left untreated, it can cause your tooth to loosen and even fall out! It’s always better – and much cheaper – to keep your natural teeth whenever possible.
Teeth can be damaged by an impact due to sports, falls, or accidents. They can also fail due to biting into or chewing something that’s too hard for your tooth enamel to handle. If a tooth has been damaged or broken, it will only get worse if left untreated, and you may be exposing yourself to infection. Call our Boone, NC office immediately at 828-355-5673.
Tooth Out Of Its Socket
Your adult, permanent teeth should remain firmly attached for as long as you live. There are effective tooth replacement options, but they’re not inexpensive, so keeping tooth that has been knocked out is best. It’s often possible to reinsert a tooth into its socket where, with luck, it will re-root and continue to serve you well for many years to come.
Handle the tooth carefully by the crown – don’t touch the nerve – and rinse it under clear water. Place the tooth in a small container and cover it with water or milk. Call our office at once at 828-355-5673 for an emergency appointment. Remember to bring the container with you!
If you or a loved one is bleeding heavily inside the mouth, try to stop it by applying pressure. If you’re not able to stop the bleeding within 30-40 minutes, visit your hospital emergency room. If the bleeding was caused by the failure of a dental restoration such as a dental bridge breaking, call our Boone, NC office to schedule an emergency appointment. We’ll repair or replace the restoration so that you won’t experience that problem again.
Don’t Take Chances With Your Teeth
In a dental emergency, time lost can equal teeth lost. Don’t take chances; call Appalachian Dental Care in Boone, NC immediately at 828-355-5673.