3 Common Worst-Case Dental Scenarios

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Dental problems can manifest themselves in a variety of ways, some major and some minor. While we all hope that our own dental troubles will be of the minor variety, many patients will, at some point, have to deal with an unforeseen worst-case scenario. Here are three of the more common worst-case scenarios and a look at how Fair Lakes Family Dentistry can help you resolve them.


Periodontitis, or gum disease, can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. According to WebMD, periodontitis can result from a variety of factors, including poor hygiene habits, illness, and the use of certain medications. The good news is that regular visits to the dentist can reduce or eliminate the effects of this disease. At your semi-annual visit to Fair Lakes Family Dentistry, we can remove plaque from your gum line and help you learn proper techniques for maintaining oral health between visits.

Lost Tooth

Though we often associate losing teeth with childhood, the unfortunate truth is that accidents can happen at any age. If you have a tooth knocked out, it is important to act quickly. The American Dental Association recommends keeping the tooth moist and attempting to put it back in the socket without touching the root. If all else fails, the ADA notes that milk can help preserve the tooth, but it is important to visit the dentist as soon as possible. We may be able to re-implant the tooth if you act to preserve it immediately after the accident and get to our office quickly.

Severely Broken Tooth

Sometimes you will experience a break in a tooth that is severe enough to expose a nerve. In this case, it is important to visit Fair Lakes Family Dentistry immediately. As Colgate explains, you will likely need a root canal and a crown in order to be able to return to eating normally. Fair Lakes understands the importance of acting quickly in this situation, so don’t hesitate to ask for an appointment as soon as possible.

If you experience one of these worst-case situations, call our office immediately. We see emergencies as soon as possible because we don’t want you waiting around in pain. To help avoid some of these, though, make sure to keep up with your regular twice-yearly exams and cleanings. Contact us today to schedule!