Emergencies never seem to happen during office hours. Unfortunately, not all dentists offer emergency care after hours. What do you do if you have an emergency on Saturday? If you are a patient of Dr. James Lesinski, you call our dentist in Amherst, NY, right away. Otherwise, check out the situations below to see whether they may require urgent care and what you should do to save your smile.

Common Dental Emergencies

Problem:  You have a broken or chipped tooth. If you have a cracked tooth, you may need a filling or a crown. If it is severely broken, you may require an extraction and a replacement.

Urgency:  If the tooth does not hurt, you may be able to wait. A cracked or chipped tooth can cause sensitivity to cold or heat but this may subside in a few hours. Call your dentist’s office and let your doctor know the situation. You may not require immediate care.

Problem:  Your face is swollen.

Urgency: This could be the result of an infection. Drink plenty of fluids, keep your head elevated, and call your dentist. Depending upon the severity, your dentist may need to see you immediately.

Problem: Your tooth got knocked out.

Urgency: A tooth out of socket is one of the most time sensitive emergencies. You have less than an hour to place the tooth back in the socket. Pick the tooth up by the crown, place it back in your mouth to transport or carry it in milk or saliva. Take it with you to the dentist but do not touch the root. If your dentist cannot see you within the hour, go to the emergency room.

Problem: You have a broken filling or crown.

Urgency: In this case, you may be able to go a few days without your crown, assuming you do not feel pain. However, it is important to get your restoration repaired ASAP, due to issues with bacteria, decay, tooth sensitivity, tooth movement, etc. Call your dentist to learn whether your individual situation can wait.

Problem: You have an abscess on your gums.

Urgency: This is most likely caused by an infected tooth and may need a root canal. It is important to take care of this as soon as possible but unless you are in pain, it may be able to wait until the office is open. Call your dentist and schedule an appointment.

As you may have noticed, the best course of action is to find an emergency dentist in Amherst, NY. For more information about urgent care or to have someone restore your broken filling or cracked tooth, call Dr. James Lesinski today.