When to Visit Your Fort Lee, NJ Dentist
Most of the time, seeing the dentist every six months is all we need. But there are times when you need to see your dentist right away. When something happens to your teeth, you might be wondering if this is one of those times you need to call your dentist immediately. Below are some signs that you'll want to contact them ASAP.
You might be tempted to wait and see if your pain goes away, but chances are it won't, and even if it does, there might still be a problem that needs to be evaluated as soon as possible.
Swelling is usually a sign of infection, and you should visit your dentist for an evaluation. Taking an anti-inflammatory over the counter medication and holding ice to the part of your face directly over the swelling can help until your appointment. The one thing you should not do is add heat, since that may speed up the spread of the infection.
Tooth Knocked Out
This requires an emergency visit. Clean the tooth by rinsing it with water, then put the tooth in a cup of milk (or water if you don't have milk on hand), or put it in your mouth between your gums and your cheek, and head straight to the dentist. They may be able to repair the damage.
Chipped, Cracked or Broken
Even if it looks like a small chip, you should see your dentist as soon as possible. They will be able to evaluate the extent of the damage and treat you in the best way to save the damaged tooth.
Sometimes a tooth is not fully knocked out, but rather knocked out of alignment. This also deserves an emergency visit so that the tooth can be splinted. Try to nudge the tooth back into position, then bite down on it to keep it in place and go to your dentist.
Soft Tissue Lacerations
The soft tissues of your mouth are your tongue, gums and the insides of your cheeks. If you've cut these areas badly enough that they are bleeding, you need to see your dentist as soon as possible. Before you go, rinse your mouth out with warm salt water and press gauze to the wound to stop the bleeding. Some wounds will be able to heal on their own, while others might require stitches.
While canker sores usually heal on their own, if you have a sore that will not heal or is accompanied by pain or a high fever, it might be a sign of something more serious. Your dentist will be able to evaluate it and recommend treatment.
It can be scary when something happens to your teeth, but if you contact your dentist right away they may be able to fix the problem. Remember, if you're ever in doubt as to whether to call your Fort Lee, NJ dentist, call them. At Anderson Dental we are always happy to help you. Our office can be reached at (201) 461-5400.