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Do you know what you would do during a dental emergency? Do you know what would qualify as a dental emergency? Accidents can happen very quickly and can be incredibly unpleasant experiences. But if you know what to do, you could actually take steps to save your tooth.

Of course, there are a few obvious emergencies, but did you know that a chipped, cracked, or fractured tooth should be addressed as soon as possible? If you lose a filling or a crown you should also visit our team immediately. Of course, a dislodged or partially dislodged tooth should also be considered an emergency. The most common cause for nearly all of these issues is usually trauma.

If you suffer a dental emergency, it’s imperative for you to visit a dentist as soon as possible. Unfortunately, if you don’t care for your teeth well following trauma, you could have to cope with a number of serious consequences. For example, a cracked tooth can lead to symptoms such as bleeding or swollen gums, extreme pain, and bad breath, among other things. Similarly, if you lose a tooth, you could be more vulnerable to decay, gingivitis, and shifting teeth.

If you do experience trauma that leads to a cracked or chipped tooth, please contact us as soon as possible. We’ll be happy to offer you personalized advice—though we do recommend using over-the-counter medications or dental cement until you can come to our office. Similarly, please contact us immediately if you’re experiencing extreme pain in your mouth.

If you have question or concerns about dental emergencies, please feel free to contact Tatum & Cox at 334-745-6393. Dr. Crawford A. Tatum Jr. and our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We’re eager to hear from you soon.