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Dental Emergencies: When Should You Visit Your Dentist Right Away?




Dentist ChairIn a case of a dental emergency, your dentist’s after hours contact info should be the first thing to pick up. Don’t worry about the appointment since all dentists have some time to spend for emergencies and most of them will be reachable at all times. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to pay your dentist a visit the moment you have an emergency. You may be traveling or at work. Either way, below are some useful tips which should help you maintain your dental emergency until your dentist takes over. Just keep in mind to act quick.

Knocked-Out Tooth

This kind of dental emergency is the one that needs immediate attention. There’s a chance for saving a knocked-out tooth. First of all, pick up the tooth, holding it for the crown. Try to avoid touching the root of it. After that, you should gently rinse off the tooth and make sure it’s clean. If it’s possible, put the tooth back in the socket and bite gently. If not, put the tooth in a small dish, or in a glass of milk. You should choose the second option. At the end, give a call to your dentist and make an arrangement. His intervention, combined with mentioned precautions can easily save your tooth.

Tooth Out of Alignment or a Loose Tooth

If you find yourself in this situation, don’t hesitate and call your dentist immediately. While you’re waiting for the intervention, try to keep your tooth in the original position. You’ll need to bite down in order to keep it from moving. Be very careful with that bite since you don’t want to make things worse than they are.

Cracked, Chipped or Fractured Teeth

If your tooth doesn’t hurt after it got chipped, don’t be in a hurry. This condition can wait for a few days. So if your dentist can’t make an instant appointment you shouldn’t be worried. Just be cautious while eating, since harder food can make a bigger deal of damage. Your dentist will probably just add a little bit of composing filling material to your tooth and everything will be in place.

On the other hand, fractured or cracked tooth is a more serious problem and is defined as a dental emergency. This condition usually means that your tooth received both internal and external damage. The experts from Greenvale Dental Group strongly recommend calling a dentist right away and following these steps:

  • Use warm water to clean your mouth.
  • Apply a cold compress in case fracture is a consequence of a facial trauma. This way you’ll prevent swelling.
  • Decrease your pain by taking acetaminophen. Avoid taking an aspirin.
  • Applying the painkillers directly to your gum should be avoided at any cost. This can burn the gum tissue.

Once you’re at your dentist’s, you’ll probably go to an X-ray. This procedure will help him to see if your tooth pulp suffered any damage. If it did, you’ll get a root canal, and if not, your tooth will just get a new crown. The crown can be applied the same day, or you’ll need to wear the temporary one. In case your tooth can’t be saved, your dentist will offer you few options including bridges and implant-supported restorations.

Facial Pain and Tissue Injury

In case you’ve suffered any type of injury inside the mouth, you should immediately contact your dentist. Those injuries include puncture wounds, lacerations, and tears to the different mouth areas. Use the warm water for cleaning the injured area. If your tongue has suffered the damage and you’re bleeding, try to push it forward and place the pressure with a piece of gauze. In this case, you should get in touch with a nearest oral surgeon. Again, never use an aspirin or ibuprofen to kill the pain since they are anticoagulants which mean they’ll make the bleeding even worse. Always use acetaminophen in those situations.

Final Thoughts

Regardless of a type and level of injury, immediate treatment is highly recommended. Always rely on your dentist’s expertise in cases of loose teeth, tissue bleeding or severe pain. All mentioned is considered a dental emergency. In a case of a severe infection or abscess in the mouth which can be life-threatening, act quickly. If you’re unable to get an appointment with your dentist, go ahead and check in to the nearest hospital. 

At the end, in order to avoid any interventions, you should make sure that you’re doing everything in your power to prevent bad things from happening. Just go to routine check ups at your dentist’s and everything unusual will be spotted in the early phase. That way you’ll be able to avoid a lot of pain and uncertainty.



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