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Are you devoted to caring for your teeth? Do you do everything you can to keep your smile healthy and strong? Still, you know that even if you care for your smile well, but do you know how to react to a dental emergency?

We understand that a dental emergency can be stressful. To help you react calmly if an emergency should strike, we’re happy to discuss how you should respond to unexpected complications.

First though, there are a few situations that will not require coming to your dentist immediately. Please note though that it’s important to come to your dentist quickly for these complications. If one of your fillings breaks or falls out, there may be something wrong with the center of your teeth. Similarly, if you have a severe toothache, this may classify as an emergency, but usually not. Finally, while it may seem like a broken bracket or wire may be an emergency, you can wait before visiting your orthodontist.

A few common dental emergencies come from trauma. For instance, if you fall or are hit, your tooth could be knocked loose or dislodged. If this happens, please visit our dentist immediately. In fact, we recommend visiting Dr. Alberto A. Herrero within 30 minutes if possible. Try to bring the tooth with you, but please don’t handle it by the root. Also, we recommend placing the tooth in milk or keeping it moist with saliva.

Similarly, if you crack or fracture your tooth, you should save whatever pieces you can and visit our dentist quickly. Sometimes, our dentist will be able to rebuild your tooth, but other circumstances may require a crown. Regardless, you should visit our dentist as soon as possible. Conversely, chipping your tooth isn’t typically considered an emergency, but we still recommend visiting us as soon as possible.

If you are interested in learning more please feel free to give us a call at 734-222-9140.