Think You Have a Dental Emergency — We Are Here to Guide You throughout Your Dental Procedure

Do you think you have a dental emergency and are wondering how to handle it? Your dentist should be the first person you should contact if you need help with emergency dentistry. You just need to ensure you have your dentist’s after-hours contact information available with you at all times.

You must understand that a dental emergency can occur at any time regardless of whether you are at home or traveling but the tips mentioned below should help you to manage the dental emergency until you can get to a dentist. Just bear in mind that some emergencies need attention from a dentist within 30 minutes or less because it can be the difference between saving or losing your tooth.

Just keep in mind what you should be doing if you come across any of the following situations:

A Knocked-out Tooth

Urgent attention is needed for a knocked-out tooth that can be considered as a dental emergency. If the steps suggested are followed immediately after the tooth is knocked out the chances of saving the tooth are brighter because it can be reinserted and preserved by the dentist.

  • Pick the tooth up by holding the crown without touching the roots.
  • Gently rinse the tooth to ensure it is clean without scrubbing the tooth or removing any tissue attached to it.
  • If possible lightly put the tooth back into its opening. Hold it in place gently while trying to bite down on it.
  • If the tooth cannot be placed back in the socket put it in a small container or a cup of milk.
  • Call your dentist immediately as getting to your dentist as quickly as possible is crucial for saving it.

The more time you wait to reimplant the tooth in its socket the fewer chances you have of the tooth remaining viable.

Chipped, Cracked, or Fractured Tooth

If you have a chipped tooth that doesn’t hurt you can stay calm because it does not qualify as a dental emergency and you can wait for a few days to see a dentist. You just need to be careful not to chew with the particular tooth to avoid chipping it further. When you get to your dentist he or she will smooth the chip out or add composite filling material to repair the same.

A cracked and fractured tooth is a challenging issue that qualifies as a dental emergency. Cracks and fractures usually indicate that damages have occurred in the interior as well as the exterior of the tooth. Severe fractures can be extreme leading to the tooth needing to be extracted. However, a fractured tooth qualifies for an emergency appointment with your dentist but you can follow the suggestions mentioned before you reach your dentist.

  • Rinse your mouth lightly with warm water.
  • If facial trauma has caused the fracture, apply a cold compress to the area to minimize swelling.
  • Avoid applying any pain killer to the gums because it can cause burns in the gum tissue.
  • If the site is painful, take some acetaminophen according to the directions mentioned on the package.

Your dentist will need to take an x-ray to properly diagnose your tooth. If the tooth pulp is damaged you may need a root canal. If no damages are incurred by the pulp the tooth can be restored with a crown.

Facial Pain and Injuries to the Soft Tissue

Injuries inside the mouth such as lacerations, puncture wounds, tears to the lips, tongue, and mouth are also considered as a dental emergency. If you experience any type of tissue injury you must clean the area immediately with warm water. If you are experiencing any bleeding from the tongue gently pull it forward and place pressure on the wound with gauze. Attempt to get to an oral surgeon or the emergency room at a nearby hospital as quickly as possible. If the injury is painful you can take acetaminophen as directed on the package but avoid taking aspirin or ibuprofen for dental emergencies because they can cause excessive bleeding as they are anticoagulants.

Is Your Dental Problem Really an Emergency?

Not every dental problem is an emergency because smoothing a chipped tooth, recementing a crown that is not painful and composite bonding to repair a tooth cannot be considered dental emergencies. These problems can be dealt with during the dentist’s regular working hours.

If you are unsure about whether you are having a true dental emergency or not you can ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you bleeding from the mouth or have severe pain?
  • Have you been hit in the face of the mouth and have some loose teeth?
  • Do you have any swelling in the facial area or the mouth or are you observing any bulges, swelling, or knots on your gums?

If you have answered positively to the above questions you may be having a dental emergency and should call Dr. Shamim Cyrus immediately at Dental Now 14 for the attention you need without delays.

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