Understanding dental emergencies can go a long way toward ensuring that you are able to obtain the treatment you require as soon as it becomes necessary. Few people are effectively prepared to deal with a dental emergency. However, it is very important to ensure that you understand the right steps to take when you experience a dental emergency.
How to Tell you are Experiencing a Dental Emergency
It is crucial to ensure that you are able to differentiate between a dental issue that requires an appointment and a dental emergency. If you are ever unsure regarding the situation, you should contact our office for information. Dental emergencies tend to be time-sensitive issues, so it is important that you act immediately when you are experiencing a dental emergency, especially when you are experiencing knocked out or abscessed teeth.
Many common signs of dental emergencies include severe pain, excessive and prolonged bleeding, inflammation in the mouth, jaw, face, and neck, pain when biting down or chewing, loose teeth, and swollen gums. It is important to keep in mind that bleeding is common when you haven’t flossed your teeth in some time and begin to do so again. As long as it is not prolonged and not accompanied by the other signs, it is possible that you will not require emergency services, though you may still want to contact our office for more information.
Cracked teeth can be difficult to detect, especially when they aren’t prominently located in the mouth. Due to the difficulty of seeing cracks in the teeth, it is important to understand the signs that come along with these dental issues. Fluctuating pain, sharp pain while pressure is placed on the tooth, potential visibility of the root of the tooth, and enhanced tooth sensitivity to temperatures are often indications that your teeth are cracked. You may be able to use ice packs or over the counter medications in order to deal with the pain until you are able to visit our office. Here at the office, we will be able to locate the source of the pain and devise a plan in order to rectify the situation.
Fractured or Broken Teeth
Fractured or otherwise broken teeth can be incredibly painful experiences. However, with quick action, you still may be able to preserve the tooth. If possible, you should gather all of the pieces of the tooth. Place these pieces in a solution of either saliva or milk. This will help to prevent the pieces from drying out. At this point, you should immediately visit your dentist for information and assistance in how the tooth can be rebuilt.
Abscessed teeth occur when an infection occurs around the roots of the tooth, often in the space between the teeth and the gums. These infections are capable of spreading, which means that they can do substantial damage to the surrounding teeth and gum tissue. They can even spread to other areas of the body, which can be incredibly dangerous. In addition to this damage, it is often an incredibly painful experience. Rinsing the mouth thoroughly with saltwater can help to ease the pain associated with abscessed teeth. It is critical to visit a dentist as soon as possible in order to obtain the necessary treatment for abscessed teeth.
Toothaches are common symptoms of many various oral health issues. You shouldn’t simply live with toothaches, as they often indicate substantial problems. Ensure that no food particles or other foreign substances are caught in the teeth. If you locate these substances, it is possible that this is the source of your discomfort. Methods for dealing with toothaches often include the use of cold compresses or over the counter medications. Never put these medications, such as Aspirin, directly on the surface of the gums. This can lead to burns of the gum tissue. If the toothache is long lasting and persistent, it is important to visit your dentist to find the underlying issue causing your pain.
Loose or Severed Teeth
Many people panic when a permanent tooth is knocked out, because they don’t know that there is a possibility of saving a loose tooth. As long as you take immediate action, there is a chance that you will be able to restore the tooth. It is important to take care to not touch the root of the tooth, handle it only by the chewing surface. Touching near the roots will ultimately lead to bacteria infiltration into the tooth, which can cause substantial issues. You may want to rinse the tooth off with water but take care that you don’t scrub it or use soap or any other foreign substances on it.
The next step is to ensure that the tooth doesn’t dry out between your location and the dentist’s office. In order to do this, it is often recommended that you attempt to return the tooth to its position in your gums. Other methods include keeping it covered in a milk or saliva solution. You should not procrastinate a visit to the dentist, because the best chances of saving the tooth occur within an hour of the initial incident.
Oral or Canker Sores
Oral sores, also referred to as canker sores, can occur in multiple ways. Some individuals may be more susceptible to canker sores due to genetics. They can be caused by irritation from braces or dentures, burns from eating or drinking, accidental biting of the inside of the cheek, vigorous brushing, and numerous other things. No matter how the canker sore has arisen, they tend to be incredibly painful. You may be able to help deal with the pain by using a cold compress or certain pain medications. It is critical to ensure that you keep the mouth clean when you have a sore, because infections can arise easily with open sores. Antiseptics may also be used in order to increase the speed of recovery.
Here at the Oral Health Center, we are dedicated to providing you with the necessary services to protect the health of your teeth. To learn more about the services that we offer or to obtain guidance regarding dental emergencies, contact our expert team today!