Dental emergencies can happen at any time and to anyone. These can occur due to an injury or accident or can be due to reasons like tooth decay, cracks, or an infection. Listed below are some dental emergencies that require immediate medical attention:
Although toothaches can be caused by various factors, including cavities and gum disease, the most common cause of toothaches is tooth decay. A cavity is a small hole in the enamel of a tooth that’s formed by decay-causing bacteria. Cavities often cause throbbing pain when exposed to extreme temperatures, such as hot or cold food or beverages. Pain from cavities can also be alleviated with over-the-counter pain relievers. When left untreated, however, tooth decay can lead to severe tooth infections and even tooth loss. To prevent or treat your toothache, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
A broken jaw can result from a severe blow to the face, as in a car accident or football game. The treatment for a jaw injury will be dependent upon the severity and location of the break. For example, if the bone is fractured into multiple pieces, surgery may be the only way to fix the jaw. On the other hand, if the break is stable, it can be treated with pain medications, ice packs, and rest. With time and proper healing, most broken jaws will heal without causing further problems. However, some breaks can result in long-term complications such as facial disfigurement, TMJ dysfunction, or even severe chronic pain. If you’re ever in any type of accident and experience any kind of trauma to your face, seek medical attention immediately. Keep in mind that many accidents are not apparent right away—your jaw may hurt so much that you don’t realize you actually broke it! If you notice any discomfort after a fall or sports injury, be sure to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as you can.
A knocked-out tooth is a dental emergency that requires immediate attention from a dentist. After a tooth has been knocked loose, it is essential to preserve the root and tissue that hold the teeth in place. If the tooth is dirty, quickly rinse it in milk or salt water and then try to reposition it in its socket in the gums. If it is not possible to place the tooth back in its socket, place it in a small container of milk or water and cover it with a wet piece of gauze. Call the dentist right away and bring the container with you to the appointment. It is best to go straight to the dental office to avoid complications from not receiving proper treatment in a timely manner.
When an object gets stuck between the teeth or embedded in a tooth, most people try to remove it with their fingers. However, this can push the object further into the gums and mouth. Instead, use a small pair of tweezers to remove stuck objects from your mouth. You can also use interdental brushes to reach into tight areas between your teeth to remove objects that are stuck there. If your toothbrush is not helping you remove the object, call your dentist right away. You may be able to schedule an emergency appointment in order to get the object removed before it causes serious pain. Taking aspirin can also help to reduce any swelling that occurs in your mouth from the removal process.
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