Life can get in the way at unexpected times. In order to avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency room, it is important to understand the types of injuries that require the services of an emergency dentist in Salt Lake City, Utah. Injuries can cause a tooth to become broken, cracked, or even loose, and if left untreated, it can lead to severe complications. Bishop Family Dental will try to accommodate any last-minute appointment requests so that you don’t have to live with oral pain.

Reasons to see an emergency dentist:

Toothache

It may be a little cavity that grew into a big one and now requires a root canal. Another possibility is gum disease, which can cause the gums to recede, leaving the tooth and roots exposed. Severe and sudden toothaches with intense pain could be the result and would require emergency treatment.

Dental Abscess

A result of an untreated dental cavity or a crack or chip in your tooth can result in a dental abscess. Bacteria can enter into the compromised area of the tooth causing swelling and inflammation. Inflammation in such a tight space forces pus into a pocket (abscess) at the tip of the root. An emergency dentist will need to evaluate and possibly drain the area as soon as possible. If left untreated, the infection could spread to your jaw bone or other areas of the body.

Knocked-Out Tooth

If your tooth has been knocked out, try to handle it as little as possible. Rinse the tooth under warm water without scrubbing it. Next, place it in a cup of milk and bring it with you. We will try to save the tooth, if possible. If not, Dr. Daniel Bishop will discuss options for replacing the tooth. If the tooth is broken, as long as the tooth structure remains in place, it can typically be corrected using cosmetic dentistry.

Emergencies do not always happen during regular business hours. If you need emergency dental care in Salt Lake City, Utah, please call 801-274-2500, and our dentist will work with you in each situation to get you treated right away. Our friendly staff will do our best to accommodate your schedule.

Emergency Dentistry FAQ

Q: What should I do if my child’s permanent tooth is knocked out?

A: Find the tooth and rinse it gently in cool water. (Do not scrub or clean it with soap — use only water!) If possible, replace the tooth in the socket immediately and hold it there with clean gauze or a wash cloth. If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with cold milk, saliva or water. Get to the Emergency Dentist immediately. (Call the emergency number if it’s after hours.) The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth.

Q: What should I do if my child’s baby tooth is knocked out?

A: Contact your emergency dental office as soon as possible. The baby tooth should not be replanted because of the potential for subsequent damage to the developing permanent tooth.

Q: What if a tooth is chipped or fractured?

A: Contact your dentist immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling if the lip also was injured. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, place it in cold milk or water and bring it with you to the dental office.

Q: What about a severe blow to the head or jaw fracture?

A: You need immediate medical attention. Keep in mind that an emergency medical team might be able to reach you faster than you can get to the hospital. A severe head injury can be life-threatening.

Q: What if my child has a toothache?

A: Call our office immediately. Over-the-counter children’s pain medication, dosed according to your child’s weight and age, might ease the symptoms. You may apply a cold compress or ice wrapped in a cloth to the face in the area of the pain, but do not put heat or aspirin on the sore area.