January 15, 2019
Experiencing a dental emergency is no one’s idea of a fun-filled day. Unfortunately, one can happen when you least expect it. To respond effectively requires that you first know how to recognize that you’re having a form of oral trauma. Continue reading as your emergency dentist explains what warning signs to be on the lookout for and how you should respond.
Is This a Dental Emergency?
Severe tooth or jaw pain, a dislodged tooth or a cut that causes excessive bleeding, are all examples of an emergency dental situation. No matter which type occurs, it’s imperative to not panic.
Knowing some of the warning signs to be on the lookout for is one of the best ways to be prepared. Thus, you can assess the situation and then contact your emergency dentist with details so you can get the proper emergency dental care as fast as possible.
Signs of a Toothache
If you are experiencing severe pain in a tooth that radiates throughout one side of your face, then you have a dental emergency on your hands. To calm the aching tooth, you can take ibuprofen and also apply ice.
While waiting to be seen by your emergency dentist, you can carefully floss around the pain area to make sure there is no food lodged between your teeth.
The typical cause of a toothache is accelerated bacteria growth. When you visit your dentist, the professional will assess the situation and determine what is the best treatment method.
A Loose or Dislodged Crown
A crown restoration protects your tooth from the harsh environment of your mouth. If it is loose or falls out, it can leave you vulnerable to a painful and harmful gum infection.
One immediate strategy is to apply dental wax or a dollop of toothpaste to the fixture and attempt to temporarily bond it in place until you can be seen by your emergency dentist.
Bleeding gums are usually caused by brushing your teeth too vigorously or gum disease. If you experience excessive bleeding, though, that lasts for more than 10 minutes, then you should head to the emergency room.
A Dislodged Tooth
A more obvious dental emergency is to have a tooth knocked out. If this happens, your first step should be to carefully rinse it under warm water. You can then soak it in a cup of milk to ensure the root stays alive and healthy. It also helps to apply ice to reduce any swelling along with using gentle pressure to stop any bleeding.
Now that you are able to recognize some of the common signs of a dental emergency, and you have some strategies to effectively respond, you’ll increase your chances of being fully restored with the help of your emergency dentist.
About the Author
Dr. Bita Kamali earned her dental degree from Baylor College of Dentistry. She has since gone on to become one of the most sought-after professionals in her area. Dr. Kamali remains a lifelong learner, taking hours of continuing education to ensure she can treat the most complex emergency dental situations at Parkway Vista Dental. She can be reached for more information through her website.