What to Do When You're Too Old for the Tooth Fairy
As a kid, it was normal for deciduous (baby) teeth to fall out and the excitement of putting the tooth under your pillow was enough motivation to actually wiggle those teeth holding on by a thread right out. After all, pillow cash delivered by a fairy is magical.
As an adult, a troubled tooth causes anxiety and a number of questions about the future of your smile. If you are having tooth pain and require an emergency dentist in Springfield, we welcome you to get in touch. Ruggless Dental welcomes both existing and brand new patients for emergency dental visits.
How to Know if You Have a Dental Emergency
If something does not feel right, you might be wondering if it is serious enough to warrant an emergency dental appointment. Here are some guidelines:
Pain – Any tooth pain requires immediate attention. Dental pain will not usually go away and will often worsen with time. It’s your body’s way of letting you know something serious is happening.
Inflammation (swelling) – Swelling of the gums, jaw, or face can indicate that an infection is present. Immediate dental care can save your tooth and protect your health.
Avulsed (knocked-out) tooth – If a permanent (adult) tooth is knocked out or loosened and misaligned, it does not necessarily mean you will lose the tooth. For a knocked-out tooth, rinse it gently and place in a small container of saliva or milk and call Ruggless Dental immediately. Sometimes we can replace the tooth and encourage healing.
If the tooth is pushed out of alignment, avoid chewing and contact us right away.
Sudden or extreme sensitivity – If your tooth suddenly feels sensitive or it feels painful when exposed to heat, you might have an infection or a cracked tooth, and prompt treatment can mean saving your tooth.
You can rest assured that when you choose Dr. Shane Ruggless as your emergency dentist in Springfield that you will be in good hands. If you ever have a question about your condition, just give us a call. We are happy to help.