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Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Wakim Cosmetic and Family Dental Group

General, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry located in Wichita, KS

If you have a dental emergency, don’t go to the emergency room. Instead, head over to Wakim Cosmetic and Family Dental Group in Wichita, Kansas, for emergency dentistry services. The practice’s expert dentists can treat numerous dental emergencies, including knocked-out teeth. To learn more, call or fill out the online booking tool, or head over to the practice for emergency care.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is any dental need that requires prompt or immediate attention. Unlike those dental issues that can wait until a scheduled appointment, if you have a dental emergency, you need to seek treatment as quickly as possible.

Examples of common dental emergencies include:

  • One or more knocked-out teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • A broken tooth to the gum line
  • A large object stuck between teeth or in the gum tissue
  • An abscess
  • An oral infection

In addition, any dental problem that causes you severe pain is a dental emergency. 

What should I do with a knocked-out tooth?

If you knock out your tooth, don’t panic. Instead, get ready to head to Wakim Cosmetic and Family Dental Group for emergency dental care, and follow these steps:

Locate and clean the tooth

First, pick up your tooth and gently rinse it off. Make sure to hold the tooth by the crown, which is the portion that faces you, and don’t touch its root portion. If you touch the tooth roots, you risk disrupting its surface cells and making reimplantation impossible.

Store tooth

You can store your tooth using one of two methods: in your mouth or milk.

The best option is to place it back into its socket, and hold it in place by gently biting down on a clean cloth or piece of gauze, or holding it in place with your finger.

If you can’t get your knocked-out tooth back in its socket, hold it between your gums and cheek, or seal it in a small container and immerse it in milk. If you don’t have milk, try water with a pinch of salt.

For the best chance at saving your tooth, get to the practice within one hour.

How can I prevent the need for emergency dentistry?

You can’t avoid all dental emergencies, and you can’t predict the future. However, you can take steps to decrease your risk of needing emergency dentistry services.

First, follow good oral hygiene practices, and schedule regular visits to Wakim Cosmetic and Family Dental Group for exams and cleanings. These habits make it harder for gum disease and dental decay to develop.

Second, if you grind your teeth at night, consider investing in a custom night guard. Night guards protect your teeth from damage and reduce the likelihood of jaw problems.

Additionally, when you can help it, don’t use your teeth to tear into, pry open, or hold anything that isn’t food.

Finally, if you play sports, protect your teeth and mouth with the proper protective gear.

Even the most careful person can’t prevent every dental emergency. If you’re experiencing one right now, go to Wakim Cosmetic and Family Dental Group for treatment. To schedule a same-day appointment, call or use the online booking tool.