Emergency Dentistry

Swinney Morton Dental -  - Cosmetic, Implant, and General Dentistry

Swinney Morton Dental

Cosmetic, Implant, and General Dentists located in Tyler, TX

Though you can’t predict an emergency, you can prepare for one. Kayla Morton, DDS, and Trey Swinney, DDS, of Swinney Morton Dental in Tyler, Texas, provide emergency dentistry services, ensuring that you get care when you need it. If you have a knocked-out tooth, severe tooth pain, or soft-tissue injury, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at Swinney Morton Dental. Call the office or schedule an appointment online to learn more about emergency dentistry.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry includes any dental concern that requires prompt treatment. Much like a medical emergency, dental emergencies happen at any moment. Not all dental practices offer emergency dentistry services, which can seriously affect your oral health.

The Swinney Morton Dental team understands how quickly a dental emergency can affect your dental health and tooth function. That’s why they offer emergency dentistry services when you need an urgent appointment with your dentist.

How do I know if I need emergency dentistry?

Though dental emergencies often happen suddenly, signs that you need an emergency dentist visit include:

  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Lost filling or crown
  • Cracked or broken tooth
  • Severe tooth pain
  • Swelling of the face or jaw
  • Lacerated gums
  • Tooth abscess

An abscess is a pus-filled sac that forms near your tooth’s root. An abscess usually indicates that you have severe decay or a tooth infection. It often shows up as a small pimple near your gums. Without treatment, an abscess can rupture. This is not only painful, but it can also spread harmful bacteria throughout your body.

What are examples of dental emergencies?

Among the most common dental emergencies the team at Swinney Morton Dental treats are:

Knocked-out tooth

A knocked-out tooth can be frightening, but don’t panic. Once you find the tooth, gently rinse it and try inserting it back into its socket. If the tooth doesn’t fit back in the socket, store it in a glass of milk or saliva. Be sure to bring it to your emergency appointment. Don’t store it in water, as tooth roots can’t tolerate that.

Cracked or broken tooth

If you have a cracked or broken tooth, try to find all the pieces and bring them to your appointment. You’ll need to gently rinse your mouth out to remove any debris in the meantime. To reduce pain and swelling, apply an ice pack to the painful area.

Broken or lost restoration

Unlike a knocked-out tooth, a lost filling doesn’t need to be stored in milk. Carefully rinse the restoration and bring it to your appointment. The team will usually place a new restoration to protect your teeth and improve your tooth function.

Gum laceration

Gum lacerations can be painful, but rinsing your mouth with diluted salt water can prevent infection. If your gums won’t stop bleeding, head to your local hospital emergency room (ER) for immediate treatment.

To learn more about emergency dentistry, call Swinney Morton Dental right away or book an appointment online.