What to do in case of a dental emergency?

Having a dental emergency is never a pleasant experience. Dental emergencies can leave you in pain, panic and distress. Of course, there is more than one type of dental emergency. Some emergencies be very painful while others are more uncomfortable than painful. Regardless of the nature of your dental emergency, it’s important that you act quick and see your dentist right away. Ignoring a dental emergency is never a wise idea and oftentimes leads to more problems in the near future. So lets go ahead and take a look at a few of the more common dental emergencies and discuss what you should do in each case:


Severe toothache is often times the result of a tooth infection or erupting teeth

One of the most painful dental emergencies you can experience is having a toothache. Severe toothaches are oftentimes the result of a tooth infection or erupting teeth. Dental infection is caused when cavity bugs enter your tooth nerve. If your tooth is infected you need to have it treated ASAP. You’re most likely going to require a root canal treatment or tooth extraction to fix the infected tooth. If your toothache is due to an erupting adult tooth or wisdom tooth you should see your dentist as well. You may either have to remove these teeth or simply monitor them until they erupt in place. Either way, it’s best to see a dentist right away to find out what needs to be done in order to resolve your dental emergency before it gets worse!

Broken tooth or filling

A broken tooth is usually fixed with a filling or crown so long as there is no infection or fracture present

Sometimes your tooth or its filling breaks but there is little to no pain present. This is usually a good sign as it indicates that there is a lesser chance of an infection being present. Of course, an X-ray is still required to make sure that there is no hidden infection or fracture present. Most broken teeth can be fixed either with a filling or crown. Again, you should see your dentist right away to fix your damaged teeth or fillings. Oh, and don’t worry too much about keeping the broken piece, your dentist will have no use for it.

Dislodged tooth

Keep your dislodged tooth in milk or salt water and see a dentist immediately

Although not very common, occasionally your entire tooth comes out of your mouth as a result of a serious accident. We are talking about the whole tooth along with the crown and root all included. In these cases, the tooth can be saved but you must act very fast. Keep your tooth in milk or salt water and go see your dentist immediately. Your dentist might be able to replace the tooth in its original socket, splint it to the adjacent teeth and hope to salvage your dislodged tooth. This technique does not always work and if it fails you will require a dental implant instead. However, in order to save a dislodged tooth you must act right away. Otherwise, there’s no hope of saving your dislodged tooth once a few hours have gone by and you now have to consider a dental implant instead.

Gum sores and lesion

Most gum sores are a result of a cut, bruise, canker sore (shown above) or cheek biting accident

We all end up with some type of a sore lesion on our gums at some time or another. The majority of these lesions are nothing more than a simple cut, bruise, cheek biting accident or aphthous ulcers (canker sores). Of course, you never want to assume that a lesion is insignificant as there is always the risk that it could be an oral cancer or precancerous lesion. As such, you want to have any suspicious lesion that persists more than 2 weeks examined by your dentist. Once your dentist explains to you what that lesions is then you can relax and monitor it by yourself.

The conditions listed above all cause localized gum pain and discomfort. On the other hand, generalized gum pain is typically the result of untreated gum disease. These cases require a thorough dental cleaning from your dentist, possibly along with antibiotics to eradicate the bacteria. Consult your dentist right away to see if you’re suffering from gum disease and seek treatment before it’s too late!

Crown falls off of your tooth

If a crown falls off and it’s not replaced right away, your teeth will shift and prevent the crown from seating back in its correct position

It’s not unusual for a dental crown to fall off of your tooth once in a while. If this ever happens, keep your crown in a safe place (like inside a ziplock bag) and call your dentist right away. If your crown and tooth are in good shape then your dentist will simply glue your crown back in its place. However, if your crown is broken, does not seat correctly or if there is cavity on your tooth then you must receive a new crown. Be mindful that in most cases a new crown is indicated when this happens. You can only reuse your existing crown if everything looks and fits absolutely perfectly. Also, you must act very fast. If you wait several weeks before seeing your dentist, your teeth will shift ever so slightly which is enough to prevent your crown from seating back in its correct position.

Dental emergency in San Clemente, Orange County

We offer dental emergency services including same day tooth extraction, wisdom removal, root canal and immediate dental implant placement in San Clemente, Orange County

As you can see, all dental emergencies require an immediate visit to your dentist. The longer you postpone your dental visit, the more complications will arise. This makes treatment both more complicated and more expensive. For instance, failing to replace a filling will often times result in tooth infection after a while. You will now require a root canal treatment or dental implant, which is much more work and far more expensive than a simple filling. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency in San Clemente, Orange County, then be sure to give us a call. We offer all sorts of dental emergency relief including same day tooth extraction, wisdom removal, root canal and immediate dental implant placement. Call us at (949) 481-2540 or schedule your appointment online to get started. We look forward to helping you get out of pain so you can get your teeth and gums back to a healthy, happy state.

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