What You Should Do in a Dental Emergency
Accidents have a way of sneaking up on us, and without the proper response, a dental emergency can lead to further complications. Whether you are experiencing a minor toothache or your tooth just fell off, it is wise to get immediate emergency dental care. At times these emergencies may not occur during office hours, and you might need your teeth fixed in one day, New Essence Dentistry has got you covered.
Your dental health is essential, and it is a good habit to see our dentist within 30 minutes when you have an emergency. This will help save your tooth.
You need to decipher between what situations require emergency dental care and what can wait for regular office hours.
What are Dental Emergencies?
There are a myriad of things that may need immediate treatment if you are to save your teeth. Dental emergencies can be categorized into two broad groups. The first category consists of emergencies where the damage to the teeth is visible. The second category is where the pain is relied on as an indicator that points out to a deeper problem like tooth decay or abscess.
You can require the same day dentistry if you find yourself in any of the following situations:
- Chipped or fractured teeth – In normal circumstances, a cracked tooth is not an emergency, and you can see our dentist a day later. There are scenarios where the tooth can be severely fractured that the longer you wait, you might lose the tooth. You might start feeling pain almost immediately. Our dentist will take an X-ray to ascertain if the fracture has not damaged the dental pulp, which would mean that you might need a root canal treatment.
- Knocked-out tooth – This requires immediate attention if you are to save your tooth. A knocked-out tooth will always be painful, and there will be some severe bleeding that follows.
- Broken braces – At times, the wires in your braces may stick out and poke your cheeks, tongue or gums. It can be quite painful or uncomfortable. If you try to cut it yourself, you might end up swallowing it accidentally. You should contact our dentist and get it checked out immediately.
- Abscess – The gums and the area surrounding your teeth can be infected, and it is this infection that is known as an abscess. An abscess can be very severe, and it can damage the surrounding tissues and teeth. In untreated cases, the infection spreads to different parts of the body. It will be in your best interests if you seek emergency dental care.
- Bitten tongue or lip – If you have accidentally bitten your lip or tongue and the bleeding does not subside even after cleaning your tongue or lip, then you need to see our dentist at once.
The emergencies mentioned above have pointed out some of the common problems, but they are not limited to this list. It is best if you use the list above coupled up with the following symptoms:
- Severe pain in either a tooth or gum or jaw.
- Severe bleeding
- Swelling in the mouth or gums
How to Respond in an Emergency
Every emergency has an appropriate response. In case you find yourself in an emergency before you rush to the hospital, do this:
- Always call our dentist and explain what has happened.
- In case your tooth has been knocked out, pick the tooth, ensure that you rinse off the root. Be careful not to remove any tissue that is still attached to the root. Always hold the tooth by the crown when rinsing it. You can even try to place the tooth back in its socket gently, but it isn’t very easy, keep it moist while you are en route to see our dentist.
- If it’s a chipped tooth, pick the fragments and head straight to our dentist.
- If you are bleeding, try to apply gauze on the affected area. You can also try to apply pressure on your guns to help stop the bleeding.
When you find yourself in need of emergency dental care, it is best if you can remain calm, because panicking will always make the situation worse. Never forget to call New Essence Dentistry.