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Most Common Dental Emergencies

Posted by Dr. Dizik on Feb 16 2022, 08:01 AM

Most Common Dental Emergencies

A dental emergency is a situation that needs immediate treatment in order to save a tooth, stop ongoing tissue bleeding, or repair damaged restoration. In case of a dental emergency, it is essential to visit your emergency dentist in Burlingame.

Listed below are some of the most common dental emergencies.

Chipped or Broken Tooth

A chipped or cracked tooth is a dental emergency that requires immediate treatment. If a tooth has a crack in it, bacteria can enter the pulp and cause a root canal infection. If a crown breaks, the tooth underneath may be damaged as well. It is important to see the dentist in Burlingame as soon as possible after breaking a tooth to prevent further damage.

Broken teeth can be restored with fillings, dental crowns, or a bonding procedure. During a consultation at our practice, our dentist in Burlingame can examine your teeth and recommend the right restoration for you. We can also provide tips to help you avoid further damage to your smile.

Knocked-out Tooth

There are a number of reasons why someone might lose a tooth, but the most common causes are sports injuries or car accidents. Don’t panic—you still might be able to save the tooth if you can get to it within half an hour of the accident. If you act quickly enough, you should still be able to regrow your natural tooth. Rinse your mouth with water to make sure it’s clean, then gently grasp the loose tooth by the crown (the white part) and attempt to reinsert it in the socket. If you’re unable to get it back in place, keep it moist in a cup of milk until you reach our office so our dentist in Burlingame can further assist you. In some cases, if the pulp has been severely damaged, root canal therapy may be necessary before the tooth can be successfully reattached.

Broken Bridge or Denture

There are two main reasons for a broken bridge or denture:

Someone accidentally dropped their dentures and broke them. This can happen while they’re being cleaned in the sink or when they slip out of their hands while in the restroom. If this has happened to you, then make an appointment with our dentist in Burlingame. Before you go, try to remove as many pieces as you can and put them in a bag that you can take with you to the dentist’s office. If you don’t have all the pieces, then explain what happened the best that you can so the dentist in Burlingame can try to recreate the missing part of your dentures.

Food and plaque can build up on the surface of bridges and even on dentures over time. When food is left on the surface, it can lead to infection because the bacteria in the mouth can feed on it and cause infections. If you have broken your bridge or denture because of a problem like this, try to get the pieces back into place and clean them well using your regular cleaning product and then contact our dentist in Burlingame to make an appointment as soon as possible. Give the dentist as much information as you can about the accident so that they can recreate your denture as quickly as possible.

If you face any dental emergency in Burlingame, call Dr. Dizik’s office to schedule your consultation today. Call (650) 348-5424 to book an appointment, or visit us at 720 N El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94401.

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