Even teeth that are properly cared for can be injured, and patients with chipped or cracked teeth need to be seen by a dentist as soon as possible. At Rush Creek Dentistry, our dentists are skilled in treating a wide variety of types of dental emergencies.
Types of Dental Injuries
Most dental emergencies involve teeth that have been chipped or cracked. Some of the common types of dental injuries that we see at Rush Creek Dentistry include:
- Chipped, cracked, or otherwise broken teeth, which are often caused by chewing crunchy food, ice, or other objects
- Sports injuries, such as being hit in the mouth or falling on hard objects
- Problems with prior dental work, such as lost fillings
Preventing Dental Injuries
Like most types of injuries, precautions can be taken to prevent many types of dental emergencies. Patients, particularly those who already have sensitive or fragile teeth, should use caution when chewing hard foods, and chewing on ice, pencils, and other objects should be avoided. Athletes should use proper safety procedures, such as always wearing a mouthguard, to protect their teeth. Parents of athletes should also make sure that their children's coaches are taking proper precautions to avoid both dental and other sports injuries.
When Should I Contact a Dentist?
While teeth with minor chips may not require immediate attention outside of your dentist's regular hours, patients should contact a dentist immediately, or an emergency dentist outside of regular office hours, if teeth:
- Have large pieces missing
- Have exposed nerves
- Are completely knocked out
Learn More About Dental Emergencies
At Rush Creek Dentistry, we care about giving our patients the tools they need to prevent dental injuries, and we are always here to help in the event of a dental emergency. Contact us today to learn more about how you can protect your teeth or to schedule an appointment!