Accidents happen all the time. Some injuries can wait until you book an appointment during office hours, while others may be more serious and require urgent attention. A dental emergency is a broad umbrella term used to describe problems related to the teeth and all the supporting structures in the area.
More often than not, the problem is not clear cut, like a knocked out tooth, especially when non-isolated pain is involved. Although dental emergencies are not only signalled by pain, pain is still a more significant indicator that there is a problem that needs attention. Fractures, decay and infections among others are some issues that can cause pain, and if not handled adequately will only worsen over time.
Knocked out tooth
A knocked out tooth can be inflicted by sporting activities and violent incidents. It is essential that you try to keep the tooth in its socket by biting down on it or placing it into position. To avoid more damage and infection, do not touch the root of the tooth. If you cannot keep the tooth in its socket, keep it soaked in milk until you see your dentist.
Tissue injury and facial pain
Tissue injuries include damage done to the tongue, cheeks, gums and lips. Facial pain is related to the temporomandibular joints, jaw muscles and occlusions. Never take aspirin or ibuprofen in these cases, because it can cause excessive bleeding.
Problems with temporary restorations
Tempering with restoration before seeing your dentist can be dangerous. It is essential that the temporary restorations are kept in place to avoid the shifting and to avoid painful infections in the future.
There are many options for dealing with dental emergencies because of the advancements in both pain control and tooth restoration. Even dental injuries that may seem small can affect your soft tissue - an untreated tooth infection could spread to other parts of the head and neck and cause serious health problems. We can prevent any damage from getting worse and return you to a pain-free life.