Emergency dentistry involves treatment for trauma to the mouth through an accident or other means that has caused damage to the teeth and gums.
While some situations can wait until Dr. Baek’s regular office hours, others may need immediate attention. If you’re unsure, call her practice so the knowledgeable staff can advise you about the best course of action.
The most common dental emergencies include:
If you experience any of these incidents, contact Dr. Baek’s office for immediate advice about when to come in, and what actions you should take in the meantime. If the office is closed, please leave a voicemail. All voice messages are immediately forwarded to Dr. Baek and she will return your call promptly. If none of these options are available, the safest step is to visit the nearest emergency room for assessment.
In the case of a lost tooth, it may be possible to reset it. You’ll increase your chances of saving it by taking certain steps when a tooth is knocked out:
As most dental emergencies are caused by accidents, these situations usually aren’t predictable. However, there are precautionary measures you’ll need to take in order to reduce the risk of encountering them.
Wearing a mouthguard is recommended when playing sports, because it serves as the first line of defense in the protection your teeth. Other general preventive measures include regular brushing of teeth and careful chewing. Also, you should never use your teeth as a tool to pry things open. Additionally, avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels, and hard candy, as they all leave you vulnerable to tooth damage.
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