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Dental accidents do not happen very often, but when they do, you should contact your dentist as soon as possible for an emergency appointment. Time can be an important factor in dental emergencies especially if you have had a tooth knocked out. What kinds of accidents require attention from our dentist, Dr. Tracy Jenkins?

If you suffer a blow the face, even if you don’t notice any damage right away, you should let the dentist know, and monitor your teeth for pain, especially when biting and chewing. You may have cracked a tooth, and even if the crack is invisible, it can still allow bacteria to penetrate the tooth a cause an infection.

If you experience a knocked-out tooth, you should try to fit it back in the socket or submerge it in milk or your own saliva, and see the dentist as soon as possible. While losing a tooth is common, you can also suffer from the opposite problem in which a tooth is actually driven into the jaw from an impact to the face. This is called a tooth intrusion. A tooth may not be pushed in or knocked out, but it might be partially knocked out, a condition known as an extrusion.

If you suffer from a dental trauma in Blackfoot, Idaho, you should contact Discover Family Dental at 208-881-5750 as soon as possible for an emergency appointment. You smile is as important to us as it is to you!