How Prepared Are You for a Dental Emergency?

Dec 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Dental Emergencies, Richmond Dentist

dental emergencyTrue to their name, dental emergencies typically occur without warning. Even the healthiest mouth can be subject to damage, and the most diligent dental health routine cannot prevent accidental damage to your teeth. As a family dentist in Richmond, Dr. Moiceanu has experience saving teeth in the face of an emergency and knows that your actions immediately following the accident can often determine the future of your tooth. Take Dr. Moiceanu’s quiz below to test how prepared you are for a dental emergency. Be sure to take notes and keep them handy for easy access when needed.

Dental Emergency Questions

Tooth sensitivity is a common symptom of tooth decay, but could also result from a number of other factors. Which of the following is NOT a common cause of severe tooth sensitivity?

  1. Structural damage (i.e., crack, fracture, etc.)
  2. Gum detachment
  3. Sinus infection
  4. All are common causes of tooth sensitivity

If one of your teeth has been knocked out, it may still be saved with immediate treatment. Typically, how long do you have before the tooth can no longer be successfully replaced?

  1. Half an hour
  2. One hour
  3. One and a half hours
  4. Two hours

Recovering your tooth is important to replacing it, but you must be careful holding it to avoid damaging critical tissue fragments. What part of the tooth should you handle when retrieving it?

  1. Crown
  2. Dentin
  3. Root
  4. Any part but the pulp

Dental Emergency Answers

4—All of these issues are common causes of tooth sensitivity. Cracks and gum recession expose the sensitive interior parts of your teeth. Your largest sinuses are located in your cheeks, close to the roots of your upper teeth. When your sinuses swell with infection, the inflammation can place pressure on these roots and lead to severe discomfort similar to a dental-related toothache.

2—If your tooth is knocked out, call our office immediately. The tooth must be replaced within an hour of being knocked out if you wish to save it.

1—The tissue fragments at the roots of your teeth can easily be damaged. Grab your tooth by the crown (the top, usually visible part) to avoid damaging these tissue fragments and increase your chances of successful replacement.

Treating Dental Emergencies in Richmond

If you have a dental emergency, or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Moiceanu, contact our Richmond, CA dentist office by calling 510-758-7222. Located in Richmond, we proudly serve families from Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities.

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