February 17, 2022
Even if you take really good care of your pearly whites by brushing twice per day, flossing every night before bed, and visiting your dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings, you may still encounter a dental emergency at some point. Though emergency dentists are well versed will a range of procedures, some come up more often than others. Read on to learn about six of the most common dental emergency procedures.
#1: Dental Crown
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that completely encompasses the visible part of a person’s tooth. They are often used to repair teeth that have been severely damaged due to decay, injury, or other factors and restore their function and appearance. This preserves the structure of the tooth, prevents the need for an extraction, and protects it from further harm.
#2: Tooth Extraction
Though dentists will do what they can to save a patient’s tooth, it doesn’t always work out that way. In this case, they will have to extract it. They may recommend tooth replacement options like dental implants to fill in the gap and give you back some of your bite power.
#3: Dental Bonding
Dental bonding uses composite resin to correct cosmetic issues, such as minor chips, cracks, gaps, misshapen teeth, alignment problems, and discoloration. Your dentist may also use this treatment to recement small pieces of broken enamel back onto the tooth. Bonding helps protect teeth from sensitivity and decay. Plus, as long as you take good care of your smile, it can last over a decade.
#4: Gum Disease Therapy
Gum disease is an infection that’s easy to prevent with proper oral hygiene. This first stage of gum disease, which is called gingivitis, is easy to prevent or even reverse. Periodontitis, which is a more advanced form of gum disease, can cause gum recession, loose teeth, jawbone deterioration, tooth loss, and issues in other parts of the body. Treatments for gum disease include scaling and root planing and antibiotic therapy.
#5: Root Canal Therapy
Though false rumors revolving around root canals have led people to believe that root canals are incredibly painful, they actually alleviate discomfort. Your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to keep you calm and comfortable throughout treatment. They will then remove the pulp of an infected tooth and refill it with a substance called gutta-percha. It will then be sealed off with a crown or filling. Root canals have an impressive 95% success rate and can save the tooth from further damage and help avoid the need for an extraction.
#6: Tooth Reimplantation
If a tooth gets knocked out, call your dentist immediately. Making it to their office within an hour will give them give them a better chance of being able to re-implant the tooth. Avoid touching the roots and store it in saliva, milk, or between your cheek and gums until you can see your dentist.
Many dental emergencies are avoidable, but accidents happen. Practice good oral hygiene at home and visit your dentist twice per year to maintain a healthy, happy smile!
About the Practice
Dr. Stephen C. Hale, Dr. Alyson Nguyen, and their team of Texas City oral health professionals serve patients of all ages with the exceptional care they deserve. They offer preventive treatments to help you keep oral health issues at bay and emergency procedures for when the unexpected happens. With their help, you’ll be able to get your smile back on track! To make an appointment or for more information, visit their website or call (409) 945-6551.
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