What is a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is any dental problem that requires immediate attention. You might be having a dental emergency is you experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Severe pain
  • Injury to the face
  • Swelling in the mouth or face
  • Bulges or swelling in the gums

What to do During a Dental Emergency

Dental emergencies often require immediate action. if you experience one of the following emergencies, there are some things you can do while you wait to get to a Plainville dentist.

  • Knocked-out permanent tooth – If you have a knocked out permanent tooth, pick the tooth up from the crown and rinse the tooth off without touching the roots. You can attempt to place the tooth back into the socket by gently holding it in place and biting down. If you cannot get the tooth back into place, keep it moist by holding it in the inside of your cheek or in milk. Following these steps and getting to your dentist right away is crucial in saving your tooth.
  • Loose tooth – For a loose tooth, try to keep the tooth in place by gently biting down. Get to your dentist right away so the tooth can be stabilized and treated.
  • Cracked or fractured tooth – A cracked or fractured tooth indicates damage on the inside as well as the outside of the tooth. If this occurs, gently rinse your mouth with warm water. You can take an over-the-counter pain reliever or use an ice pack to minimize pain until you can get to your dentist.
  • Tissue injury – Tissue injuries include any severe injury inside the mouth such as puncture wounds, tears in the lips, or a cut cheek or tongue. If you have a tissue injury, wash the area with warm water and use gauze to help stop bleeding. You should then get to an oral surgeon or hospital right away.

If you are unsure whether or not you are having a dental emergency, call your dentist and explain exactly what happened and what you are experiencing. This can also help them prepare for your arrival and get you the immediate attention you need.

Avoiding Dental Emergencies

The best way to avoid a dental emergency is to protect your mouth and teeth. This can be done by wearing a mouth guard during sports and other activities with possible contact, avoiding chewing on ice or other hard foods, and not attempting to open things with your teeth.

Many dental emergencies can be avoiding with regular visits to your dentist. Your dentist can check for signs of a loose or weakened tooth, cavities, signs of decay, and any sores. Addressing these problems early can prevent them from turning into dental emergencies.

If you are having a dental emergency or need to schedule a regular checkup, contact IKON Dental Group.

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