Having a dental emergency is not a pleasant experience! There are several types of dental emergencies. Some emergencies can 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. It’s never a wise idea to ignore your dental emergency, as it will lead to more problems in the near future. Let’s take a look at a few of the most common dental emergencies and discuss what you should do in each case:
One of the most painful dental emergencies is having a toothache. Severe toothaches are oftentimes the result of a tooth infection or erupting teeth. Your tooth becomes infected when cavity bugs enter the tooth nerve. Infected teeth need to be treated ASAP. You’re most likely going to require a root canal treatment or tooth extraction. Some toothaches are caused by an erupting tooth. If this is a regular tooth, try managing your pain with Orajel or pain killers. If it’s a wisdom tooth that’s causing you pain, then you may either have to remove your wisdom teeth. You should consult with your dentist to find the source of your toothache before it gets worse!
Some emergencies are the result of your tooth or dental restoration breaking. If your tooth or restoration breaks but there’s little to no pain, then you may be able to restore your tooth with a filling or crown. However, if your broken tooth is very painful, then you most likely require a root canal treatment. Your dentist will take an X-ray to see what’s the best way to restore your broken tooth or restoration.
Occasionally your entire tooth gets knocked out of your mouth as a result of a serious accident. We’re talking about the whole tooth here, along with the crown and the root. There is a way to salvage knocked out teeth, but you must act fast to save your tooth. Contact your dentist, or one who can see you right away, and let them know what happened. Keep your tooth in milk or salt water until you reach your dentist. If your tooth can be saved, your dentist will replace the tooth in its original socket and splint it to the adjacent teeth. Of course, this technique doesn’t always work. If your dentist can’t save your dislodged tooth, you will require a dental implant instead.
Gum lesions may be caused by cuts, bruises, cheek biting, aphthous ulcers (canker sores) and various different reasons. You never want to simply write off a lesion in your mouth, as there’s always a chance it could be a cancerous lesion. If you see a suspicious lesion in your mouth, monitor it to see if it goes away on its own. It a lesion persists more than 2 weeks, then you should have it examined by your dentist. Your dentist will explain what the lesion is so you can relax, or they may send it for biopsy if needed. The conditions above are all caused by localized gum issues. Generalized gum pain is typically the result of gum disease. These cases require a thorough dental cleaning, possibly accompanied by antibiotics or laser to eradicate the offending bacteria. Consult your dentist to find the source of your discomfort and seek treatment as soon as you can.
It’s not uncommon for dental crowns to fall off your tooth occasionally. If this ever happens, keep your crown in a safe place (like a ziplock bag) and call your dentist right away. If your crown and tooth are in good shape, then your dentist will simply glue the crown back in its place. However, if your crown or tooth are broken, then you must receive a new crown. Either way, you must act very fast to salvage your crown. If you wait too long to see your dentist, your teeth start to shift and your crown will no longer fit in its place.
How to fix your dental emergency?
dental emergencies typically require immediate attention. This means calling your dentist and paying them a visit. The longer you postpone treatment, the more complications you will have to deal with. Delaying treatment only makes it more complicated and more costly to fix your problem. For example, a broken filling can usually be fixed with a new filling or a crown. If you wait too long, your tooth becomes infected and now you require a root canal instead. Wait even longer, you will lose your tooth and need a dental implant to replace it. Don’t ignore your dental emergencies! Contact your dentist and have them get out of pain, and get your teeth and gums back to a healthy, happy state.