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Dental Emergency Treatment

Have you encountered a problem, mainly a severe Tooth Pain on a holiday, weekend, or in the middle of the night?
If you face a severe Dental Problem outside normal clinic hours, you will likely need to see the dentist in an Emergency.
It is important to understand the difference between a standard dental issue that can wait until morning and a real emergency that can compromise your health or cost you a tooth.
In general, any dental problem that needs immediate treatment to stop bleeding, alleviate severe tooth nerve pain, or save a tooth is considered an Emergency.
Such consideration also involves treating severe infections that can be life-threatening.

Common Dental Emergencies

If you’re suffering from any of the following common Dental Emergencies, you need to know some important facts to treat and save your tooth.

Knocked Out Tooth

A Knocked Out Tooth is common dental emergency that needs immediate attention and treatment.
This usually happens either due to a fall or trauma and can lead to loss of a tooth, if not treated at the right time.
If proper emergency steps are not followed, a dentist may not be able to preserve your tooth.
1. Pick up your tooth from the crown. Make sure not to touch the root of the tooth.
2. Rinse it under the normal tap water to remove any dirt without removing any tissue attached to it.
3. If you are able to reinsert it in the socket, do it immediately or else place the tooth in a milk solution or normal saline.
4. Immediately bring this tooth along with you to our dentist, the more time you take, the lesser the chance to save your tooth.

Chipped, Cracked Or Fractured Tooth

A Chipped Tooth does not often require immediate treatment, thus cannot be counted as a Dental Emergency.
It can be left for the next few days if you cannot see a dentist in a while.
But when a tooth is cracked or fractured, you usually experience a sharp, throbbing tooth pain that is generally unbearable.
Broken tooth pain needs urgent emergency treatment in order to save the tooth.
Severe fractures are so extreme that the tooth cannot be saved.
If you suffer a fractured tooth, call us immediately for an emergency appointment, meanwhile follow these steps:
1. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water for tooth pain relief.
2. Cold compress often helps to minimize the swelling over your face.
3. Take acetaminophen for tooth pain treatment and avoid any other painkiller.
As soon as you visit the dentist, an X-ray will be needed in order to properly diagnose the condition of your tooth.
If the pulp inside of the tooth is damaged and you are suffering from a root tooth pain, your tooth may need a root canal.
If the pulp is not damaged, the tooth might only need a crown.

Tooth Infection

A Dental Abscess is a severe and potentially life-threatening condition in which pus is accumulated in the pocket of your tooth has led to an infection.
A tooth abscess may show different signs and symptoms including, fever, tooth sensitivity to hot and cold, a persistent toothache, tender
lymph nodes in your neck, swelling in the face, and a bump on your gums near the infected tooth.
This condition is a dental emergency as the infection can spread into your jaw, surrounding tissue, and to other areas of the body if left untreated.
Before you can see the dentist, rinse your mouth with mild saltwater several times to relieve the teeth pain, and draw the pus to the surface.
But even if the pus drains itself, still your tooth needs immediate treatment because still there is a risk of infection spreading to your bone.

Facial Injury Or Tissue Damage

Any type of injury inside the mouth, such as wounds, tissue Lacerations, and tears to the lips, cheeks, mouth, and tongue, are considered tissue damage and a Dental Emergency.
It is important to immediately consult our dentist for Emergency Treatment for such types of injuries or it can lead to further damage.
1. Clean the area with warm water and place gauze over the bleeding site.
2. Take acetaminophen if you experience any pain.

HOW TO KNOW IF IT’S A DENTAL EMERGENCY

To make sure whether it’s a dental emergency or not, you need to look for these signs:
1. Are you bleeding from the mouth?
2. Are you in severe pain?
3. Do you have any loose or damaged teeth?
4. Have you been hit in the face or mouth?
5. Do you have any swelling or tenderness in the mouth or facial area?
6. Do you have any bulges or knots on your gums?
If you experience any of the above signs, then it is probably a dental emergency, and you need immediate treatment for such problems.
To treat any toothache or facial pain, take hot or warm food and beverages. It might relieve any tooth or tissue damage pain.
Some people also feel relieved by the intake of cold water rather than any hot beverage.
If you experience pain in a tooth when biting down, it might indicate an abscess. This is an emergency and you should immediately contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the best way to manage a dental pain?

Some people find it beneficial to apply a topical pain reliever to the gums around a hurting tooth.
You can also take over the counter pain killers such as acetaminophen for pain relief.
Make sure not to use Ibuprofen or any other as it can cause excessive bleeding.
Use ice or chilled water to mitigate any swelling.
However, keep in mind that even your pain level tolerable, you still need to see a dentist who can address the cause of your discomfort and give recommend you a treatment.

How soon do I need to visit a dentist?

The sooner, the better!
Receiving proper and immediate care is especially important if one of your teeth got knocked out.
In such cases, if you get help within an hour or so, it might be possible for our dentist to insert it back in place or you may lose your tooth.
In other situations, such as if you lost a filling, you may be able to delay the treatment for a day or two.
It totally depends on the type of emergency it is and how immediate it needs to get treated in order to avoid further damage.

What should I do if I face a dental emergency and can’t visit my dentist?

If you are out of town or for some other reason cannot get in touch with your regular dentist, the steps you should take depend on the specifics of your situation.
You may choose to wait until you get home to see your regular dentist if the issue is relatively minor such as chipping your tooth.
In more urgent situations, such as if you have a dental abscess or a tooth gets knocked out, it may be best to contact and consult a dentist immediately.

What are dental emergencies and how can I avoid them?

Dental emergencies specify when your tooth breaks, cracks, becomes loosened, or is knocked out completely.
Sometimes dental crowns also come off of teeth in response to any trauma or blow.
Such emergencies can be avoided by taking simple precautions, such as wearing a mouth guard during sports activities to prevent teeth from breaking or being knocked out, and avoiding hard foods that may crack or break your teeth, whether you have your natural teeth or you wear dentures.
Oral injuries often are painful and should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible.

How can you prepare for dental emergencies?

You can easily prepare for a dental emergency by packing an emergency dental care kit that includes;
1. Our dentist’s or clinic’s phone numbers.
2. Saline solution to rinse your mouth
3. Handkerchief
4. Gauze to stop bleeding
5. Small container with lid
6. Painkiller such as Acetaminophen (Not aspirin, which may cause excessive bleeding in a dental emergency) for immediate pain relief

What is the best way to take care of a jaw fracture?

Jaw fracture or trauma is an injury that requires immediate medical attention. Keep in mind that severe head injury can be life-threatening and incredibly dangerous.
In such cases contact as immediately for a consultation.

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