What is Considered to be a Dental Emergency?

What is Considered to be a Dental Emergency?

Apr 13, 2020

You must be wondering how to know if emergency dental care is required. Well, anything that creates aches and misery in regard to oral health can be a dental emergency.

Expert emergency dentists provide you with the best and the most comfortable dental services 24*7. They will treat you quickly as well as offer you medication to alleviate the symptoms.

Signs You Need Urgent Dental Care

Sometimes not giving immediate attention to your tooth can mean the difference between saving and losing your tooth. Some of the signs which constitute urgent dental care are:

  • Constant pain in the tooth
  • Bleeding in mouth
  • Loose tooth
  • Swelling in the mouth or facial area
  • Injury in the mouth by being hit by an object or due to an accident
  • Bulges, swelling or knots on the gums
  • Ill-fitting braces can make you wince in pain or can make gums bleed
  • A cavity left unchecked can also develop into an abscess, which can turn bacteria into a severe infection.

When you face any of these troubles in your mouth, it becomes necessary to visit a qualified emergency dentist.

What is Considered As a Dental Emergency?

1. Knocked-Out Tooth

If you have a knocked-out tooth:

  • Pick it up from its crown instead of root to prevent any pathogens from the root of the tooth.
  • Then, run it under clean cold water, and try to keep it dry.
  • Try to push it back into its socket or store it in the container of milk.

Seeing your dentist within 30 minutes of knocking out the tooth can assure your tooth back in place.

2. Toothache

In case of a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water after eating and floss it carefully. If there is any swelling, put an ice pack on the area that hurts. Furthermore, it is also essential to schedule an appointment with your emergency dentist, especially when swelling is around the tooth.

3. Loose Tooth or Tooth Out of Alignment

If you have a tooth that is loose or out of alignment, you should call your dentist immediately for an emergency appointment.

In the meantime, try to put the tooth back in its original position using your finger with very light pressure. Also, bite down to keep your tooth from moving.

4. Broken Tooth

To treat a broken tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water. Put an ice pack on the cheek closest to the injury for swelling and see your dentist as soon as possible.

5. Mouth Sore

In the case of a mouth sore, acidic foods like oranges or tomatoes must be avoided as it can cause more pain. Call the dentist for urgent dental care if sores last for more than two weeks or you notice any unusual lumps or white patches in your mouth.

6. Chipped, Cracked or Fractured Teeth

If you suffer a fractured tooth, immediately call your dentist for an emergency appointment and follow these steps:

  • Cleanse your mouth by gently rinsing thoroughly with warm water.
  • If the fracture is caused by facial trauma, apply a cold compress to the area to minimize the swelling.
  • Take a pain reliever according to the packaging directions to relieve pain.
  • Don’t apply any painkiller to the gum because it can burn the gum tissue.

7. Tissue Injury and Facial Pain

Any type of injury inside the mouth, such as puncture wounds, lacerations, and tears to the lips, cheeks, mouth, and tongue, is considered a dental emergency. Other tips to follow include:

  • If you experience any type of tissue injury, clean the area immediately with warm water.
  • If the bleeding is coming from the tongue, then gently pull the tongue forward and place pressure on the wound using gauze.
  • Get to an oral surgeon or nearby emergency room as quickly as possible.
  • To soothe any type of facial pain associated with tissue injury, take medication as directed on the packaging label.
  • Don’t take any medicine for a dental emergency because they might cause excessive bleeding.

Other Dental Emergencies:

Sometimes, severe infection or abscess in the mouth gets built which is life-threatening. It must be treated immediately. The dentist will perform the first stage of a root canal or refer you to an endodontist (root canal specialist) to open and allow the abscess to drain.

If you are facing any of these troubles contact an emergency dentist immediately for urgent dental care to prevent any serious complications in the future.

Whether you are at your home or traveling somewhere, a dental emergency can occur at any time. You must always be equipped with some knowledge to manage until you reach the dentist. Contact Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS, LLC for discounted emergency dentistry services 24/7 and get rid of all dental troubles fast.

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