Types of Dental Emergency
1. Tooth aches: Tooth pain can be generally attributed to a broken tooth, as well as a new cavity or decay under an old filling. It may also be caused by damage to the tooth as a result of excessive grinding or clenching. Generally there is not a lot you can do about tooth pain other than see a dentist immediately and take some temporary pain relievers such as ibuprofen or Tylenol in the meantime.
2. Sore and swollen gums: Swollen gums are usually a result of infection from plaque and gum disease or from food becoming stuck in between teeth. One may try to gently brush or floss the affected area to try and dislodge any food that may be stuck or rinse the area with warm salt water. Otherwise it is important to see and emergency dentist as soon as possible.
3. Broken tooth: A broken tooth can occur as a result of the following: accidental falls, sports-related injuries, fighting, car accidents, or accidentally biting on hard food. They can also occur as a result of cavities that weaken the tooth which may cause chipping or fractures. Teeth with large portions broken off can often become very painful due to exposed nerves and internal damage. Teeth with smaller cracks or fractures may or may not be painful and can be more difficult to detect.
4. Lost crown: If your crown fell off, be sure to make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible and bring the crown with you. In the mean time you can apply a cotton swab with some clove oil to the sensitive area if the tooth is causing pain. If at all possible you want to replace the crown back over the tooth, but before doing that you will want to coat the inside with an over-the-counter dental cement or toothpaste, never use superglue.
If you can’t visit a dentist right away, cover the broken part of the tooth with dental cement that can be found at any drugstore. Also take an over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen or Tylenol to relieve your pain.
Here are things to do in a case of emergency
1. When your tooth is knocked out
If a tooth is knocked out, or “avulsed,” it can often times be re-implanted by your dentist as long as the following measures are taken:
- Handle the tooth only by the crown (chewing edge) and do not touch the roots
- Do not try to brush or clean the tooth, only lightly rinse it
- Try to replace the tooth in its socket, but take care not to lose or swallow the tooth
- If the tooth cannot be re-placed, store it in a small container filled with whole milk or saliva, NOT water
- Seek Park Dental Clinic Lewisville dental emergency service as soon as possible
Knocked out teeth have the highest chances of being saved when they are treated by the dentist and returned to their socket within 1 hour of being knocked out, so be sure to make an appointment for dental services right away.
2. When your tooth is broken
If a tooth is broken, you must go see your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist will be able to figure out if there were any cavities involved in the breaking of your tooth and if the tooth’s nerve is in danger. If your tooth is broken due to any trauma such as accident, keep a cold ice pack on your cheek or lips covering the area with the broken tooth, this will help reduce swelling and relieve pain.
Once your dentist figures out the cause that leads to the breaking of your tooth, he will recommend what needs to be done to prevent furthering injury or pain.
3. When your tooth is cracked or fractured
Cracked teeth can often be difficult to detect, they do not show up in x-rays and may require several appointments to diagnose. Not all cracked or fractured teeth can cause pain. The level of pain experienced when one crack a tooth depends on the severity of the fracture and the response of the pulp to outside irritants allowed to enter into the tooth. Sometimes the tooth may look just fine, but gets in pain when you eat something hot or cold. If the tooth simply hurts all the time, this could be a warning sign of nerve damage. Talk to your dentist about any potential crack or fracture lines on your teeth that may end up giving you discomfort or pain at the wrong time.
Dental Emergencies are not a cause for alarm.
If at all possible, prevention is the key to avoid any dental emergency or injury. To prevent injury one should always wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports, avoid fights and hard foods such as bones, stale bread, and hard bagels. If you know you may clench or grind your teeth in your sleep, talk to your dentist about wearing a night guard. Do not chew on hard food or objects such as ice, popcorn kernels, or very hard nuts. Also brush and floss regularly and see your dentist on a regular basis.
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771 W. Round Grove Rd #W100 Lewisville, TX 75067