A dental emergency is an injury that can't wait until regular business hours. These are time-sensitive injuries, such as having a tooth knocked out or a laceration to the tongue or gums that need immediate medical attention. Injuries sustained in sporting events or auto accidents often cause dental emergencies.
Small children are prone to dental emergencies as their teeth begin to grow in. While damaging a baby tooth isn't always cause for alarm, damaging a permanent tooth will affect the child's teeth for the rest of their lives. Prompt treatment both saves the tooth and prevents damage that could cause the child to have dental issues as they age.
While Dr. Cortes can treat minor dental emergencies, there are situations when you should immediately go to the emergency room for trauma care. Prime examples of when emergency or trauma care are necessary include:
The rule of thumb is if you have an open or gaping wound where you can see the fascia or bone below, the emergency room is the place to go. The same is true if there is obvious structural damage. A broken jaw may need surgery to repair. Never take chances if you're unsure of the seriousness of an injury.
If a tooth has been knocked loose or has fallen out, it can be returned to the socket if you act promptly. Find the tooth as quickly as possible and place it in a small container of milk. Place a small piece of gauze over the socket but don't press down.
It's important to get to Dr. Cortes's office quickly. The window to successfully implant a lost tooth back in the socket is less than 30 minutes, so time is of the essence. If the tooth is still in the socket but could possibly fall out, immobilize the area with gauze and visit Dr. Cortes immediately. The sooner you take action, the more likely it is that Dr. Cortes can save the tooth.
At San Diego Smile Center, we are dedicated to our patients' dental health. We accept a variety of insurance providers to make sure that all of our patients are covered. If your insurance is not listed or if you have any questions, please call our office to see how we can partner with you.
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