An emergency dental exam is usually scheduled when the patient is in pain or discomfort. Many times, the patient will call our Sheboygan dental office to schedule an appointment before coming in to see us. This phone call will allow us to determine whether the patient needs to be seen immediately or if an appointment can be scheduled for another day. We always do our best to accommodate urgent cases on the same day you call in.
Types of Dental Emergencies
Here are some of the most common dental emergencies:
When your tooth has been knocked out, try to locate the missing tooth and handle it only by the crown. Do not touch the root of the tooth. Rinse it gently with water and apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth to reduce swelling. The faster you act and the sooner you visit our office, the more likely we can restore your natural tooth. Contact us as soon as possible to schedule an appointment!
An abscess is a pocket of pus that’s formed around the root of the tooth or between the gums and teeth. Abscesses can form from gum disease when the gum tissue is infected or when a tooth’s root becomes damaged or exposed. Treating an abscess involves draining the pus from the infection site, treating the infection, and restoring the tooth with either a filling or a root canal.
A cracked tooth is a type of dental emergency that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. If left untreated, it can worsen and cause other oral problems. We’ll do what we can to see you as quickly as possible. Your comfort is our priority, and we’ll do everything we can to relieve your pain while helping you restore your oral health.
How Can You Prevent Dental Emergencies?
Good oral hygiene practices are crucial to preventing many common dental emergencies, including toothaches and cavities. Brush your teeth twice daily for at least two minutes each time, and floss at least once a day. Make sure to use fluoride toothpaste to prevent tooth decay.
You should visit our dentist for regular checkups every six months or as recommended by our dentist. If you don’t see our Sheboygan dentist regularly, you may develop oral health problems that require emergency care. Regular checkups allow our dentist to detect early signs of tooth decay and gum disease and offer treatment before these issues worsen.
During your regular checkup, our dentist in Sheboygan will clean your teeth and take X-rays to look for any signs of decay or infection. If any issues are found, our dentist will provide the appropriate treatment to help prevent the problem from worsening. For example, if you have a small cavity, our dentist will recommend a filling to prevent the cavity from growing larger and infecting your teeth.
To learn more about emergency dental exams in Sheboygan, WI, or to schedule a consultation with us, call Cooper Dental at (920) 452-1110 or visit us at 703 South Taylor Dr., Sheboygan, WI 53081. We’re always happy to assist you!