A dental emergency can be described as an injury to your teeth, gums or mouth that needs professional attention. A dental emergency can occur anytime and must not be ignored as it poses severe risks. Most dentists provide emergency dental care services to cater to immediate dental needs. There are several situations that count as dental emergencies. While you cannot treat them at home, there are certain emergency dental care tips that help you manage dental emergencies until you see your dentist.
A knocked-out or broken tooth is a severe dental emergency that requires immediate attention. While you must rush to the dentist, the following tips help you manage the issue until you get to the dentist.
If you have a loose tooth, it is a dental emergency that needs immediate and professional attention. However, until you see the dentist, you can try to gently push the tooth back in its original position by applying mild pressure. Your dentist might suggest splinting or joining the tooth to the adjacent teeth to stabilize and get it back to position.
Chipped, Cracked or Fractured Tooth
Not all chipped and fractured teeth need immediate attention. Usually, a chipped tooth that doesn’t hurt can be treated in regular dental office hours. However, caution must be taken to not chip it more. The dentist usually polishes the chip out or adds a composite filling.
A cracked or fractured tooth is a severe dental issue, constituting a dental emergency. You will require an X-ray so that the dentist is able to diagnose the condition and treat it accordingly. The dentist might suggest a root canal treatment or a crown, depending on the condition. In severe cases, the dentist might have to remove the tooth. In such cases, dental implants and bridges are ways to replace missing tooth. While you must see your dentist immediately, you must implement these steps until you get to the dentist.
Any type of injury inside your mouth, such as lacerations and tears to lips, cheeks, mouth, and tongue are considered tissue injuries, and are dental emergencies. If you face a tissue injury, you must clean the area with warm water and rush to the dentist. Any facial pain can be alleviated by taking acetaminophen. Avoid ibuprofen and aspirin as they lead to excessive bleeding. Apart from these measures, you must seek emergency dental care services immediately.
We still haven’t covered all the dental emergencies that you’re likely to face. Stay tuned for our next post which will cover several other dental emergencies.