Dental Emergencies Always Come At The Wrong Time
Dental emergencies never happen at a convenient time. They can occur while playing sports, sleeping during the night, enjoying a meal with family and friends, or even while you are on vacation.
If you use proper oral hygiene at home diligently, you can prevent such dental emergencies as infections, swelling, or toothaches. You may not be able to avoid other types of emergencies, such as trauma caused by accidents or sports injuries. It is always good to protect your gums and teeth by wearing a mouthguard if you or a family member are involved in sports activities.
Here are some dental emergencies that are relatively common:
- Breakage in your partials or dentures
- Injuries to soft tissue
- Teeth with objects caught in between
- Crowns that are lost or broken
- Pain caused by dry socket issues
- Severely misaligned or knocked-out teeth
- Oral surgery bleeding that will not stop
- Sores or lesions that appear spontaneously
- Teeth that are broken, cracked, or chipped
- Abscessed teeth
- Severe cavity pain
- Gums that are swollen from infected
If You Have A Dental Emergency, What Should You Do?
The first thing you need to do if you have a dental emergency is to remain calm. To properly assess the situation, it is essential to try and keep the injured person as quiet as possible. Before concentrating on teeth restoration, call a physician immediately if a person has lost consciousness after being struck in the head!
Check the lips to see if they have received any tooth fragments. If there is any bleeding, check to see if there are any teeth knocked out or any chipped or broken teeth after you have secured a clean gauze or towel.
If I Get Any Teeth Knocked Out, What Should I Do?
Look for any teeth that might be missing, and if you find any such teeth, preserve them by placing the teeth in milk, and immediately call our office. A knocked-out tooth will die quickly if it is not placed in the person’s saliva or milk and can never be placed back in the mouth! Try to reinsert the tooth back into its socket very carefully and hold it there securely with gauze if it is impossible to get to the dentist promptly.
If The Tooth Becomes Chipped or Fractured, What Should I Do?
To get an x-ray and proper evaluation of the damaged tooth and all the surrounding area, you should
immediately call our office. To reduce any possible swelling, place a cold compress on the lip if it has sustained any trauma and clean the mouth.
Using dental bonding, you can often repair any surface cracks or chips many different times. A crown or root canal therapy may be necessary if more severe cracks or chips are sustained. Depending on the location of a fracture, an extraction may be required in some instances.
If You Have A toothache, What’s Next?
When a tooth’s inside nerve is damaged or inflamed, then a toothache occurs. Acid buildup caused by bacteria from decay that feeds on sugar is what hurts the tooth. This can be prevented through regular dental checkups, brushing, and flossing.
These are some things that can be symptoms of a toothache:
- Running a fever
- The affected area can be tender and swell up
- When chewing your food causes pain and discomfort
- A spontaneous throbbing pain
- Hot and cold things cause lingering sensitivity
Over-the-counter medications can help ease the pain if you have a toothache. However, to keep the problem from progressing into something worse, you should set a dental appointment at the earliest possible time. If teeth are abscessed or an infection is present, the dentist may need to prescribe some antibiotics.
At Our Offices, We Treat Emergency Cases
Dental emergencies can come up at any time, and at our office, we realize that. When that time arises, we are here to help. So please call us now if you have a dental emergency.