What is a dental emergency?
A dental emergency is an acute situation where you are experiencing intense pain or other discomforts in your mouth or teeth. Common causes of dental emergencies
Dental emergencies usually occur as a result of trauma to the face, such as teeth being knocked out or becoming displaced. Dental emergencies can also develop due to severe decay, such as a cavity, or an infection, such as gum disease. Here are some common dental emergencies.
Sometimes, a toothache can be a sign that an underlying infection has developed. If you’ve had a toothache for more than a day or two, or if it’s in any way painful, call our emergency dentist. We have appointments available every day.
If your tooth is knocked out, you should immediately rinse the tooth with water to remove any debris. If possible, place the tooth in a glass of milk and get to your dentist immediately. The tooth will need to be either stabilized with a splint or a crown.
When a tooth breaks, it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible. A broken tooth requires immediate treatment because it can lead to further
tooth loss if it is not addressed. If left untreated, a cracked or fractured tooth can cause pain, infection, or damage to the surrounding teeth.
If you chip a tooth, go to the dentist as soon as possible. If the chip is small, the dentist may be able to repair it. If the chip is large, the dentist may need to perform a root canal. If the chip is causing pain, the dentist will likely make a repair the same day.
If you lost a filling on a molar or premolar, you should call your emergency dentist as soon as possible. Leaving the area exposed is likely to cause pain and complications. If you wait too long to schedule an appointment, you run the risk of needing a root canal or other more extensive treatment. Fillings are intended to seal and protect the open area left after decay is removed. Without the procedure, bacteria can make their way further into the tooth. This can cause additional decay and infection.
Your dental crown or bridge can come off for many different reasons. If it falls off or becomes damaged, you should consult your dentist as soon as possible. Leaving the crown out for too long can cause irreversible damage, such as infection and decay.
If you normally wear your crown or bridge, do not try to fix it yourself. Crowns and bridges are custom-made to fit your mouth, so trying to reglue them yourself may cause further damage. Instead, your dentist may be able to repair it.
If left untreated, a dental abscess can spread to other parts of your body and cause a number of complications. Schedule an emergency dental exam right away if you think you have an abscess. In the meantime, you can rinse your mouth with salt water and take over-the-counter pain medication.
If you’ve broken your braces or wires during orthodontic treatment, it’s extremely important that you see your emergency dentist as soon as possible. With a broken wire or bracket, your teeth could be shifted out of place, causing you pain and embarrassment.
While you might be able to temporarily fix a broken bracket or wire with orthodontic wax, it’s important that you visit your dentist as soon as possible to get the wire or bracket fixed.
How can I prevent dental emergencies?
You can prevent dental emergencies by practicing excellent oral hygiene habits. Brush your teeth twice a day, and also floss your teeth once a day. Clean your teeth and gums after meals. Avoid using your teeth to open packages, crack nuts, or bite your nails. You can wear a mouthguard when participating in sports or activities.
You can avoid emergencies by scheduling regular dental check-ups. Your dentist will examine your teeth for signs of damage. If you see your dentist regularly, he or she can repair minor problems before they become major emergencies.
Seeing your dentist regularly can also help you protect your teeth against cavities and gum disease. Your dentist can clean your teeth and remove any plaque before it hardens into tartar or turns to plaque. Your dentist can also give you advice on how to practice excellent oral hygiene at home.