Dental issues and problems do happen, sometimes despite our efforts at maintaining our oral health through good oral hygiene. Many of these problems manifest symptoms that are tolerable, allowing us ample time to visit the dentist at our first available convenience. However, some dental problems cannot wait because either the symptoms they produce are debilitating enough to keep us from doing our everyday activities or the condition requires immediate medical attention to keep it from worsening into more complicated ailments. These dental problems are classified as dental emergencies.
Here are some examples of dental emergencies and how to address them:
A toothache is a sure-fire signal that you have a dental problems. If the toothache goes beyond tolerable levels, you must first rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Then, gently floss around the tooth to remove any debris. If there is swelling in your gums or cheeks in the area of the aching tooth, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth. Schedule an appointment with our dentist soonest.
Losing a Filling
Losing a filling exposes the inside structure of your tooth to possible bacterial infection. If you lose a filling, you should call our dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist can discuss with you whether you should make an appointment right away, or you can wait until your regular appointment. We can use the same tooth-colored filling material to repair your filling.
Losing a Crown
A crown covers the whole top portion of your tooth, protecting what is left of your original tooth structures and holding them intact. If the crown is lost for any reason, the remaining tooth structures would be exposed to damaging forces and seeping bacteria that could compromise your oral health. If you lose a crown, avoid touching the remaining tooth, treating it as the sensitive area that it is. Call our dental clinic and schedule an appointment immediately. Until you see us to have the crown replaced, avoid eating or drinking to keep from complicating the condition.
A Knocked-Out Tooth
Your tooth can get knocked out by external forces like getting hit in the mouth in an accident or while playing a physical sport. If your tooth has been knocked out, recover your tooth by holding it by the crown, not the roots. Then, immediately rinse it with warm water. If possible, reinsert the knocked-out tooth back in its socket. If that isn’t possible, place the tooth in a cup of milk and get to our dentist as quickly as possible.