Gum disease, a chipped tooth, and tooth decay are just a few common oral issues that require emergency dentistry assistance. Prevention is an essential part of oral care as you take the necessary measures to prevent an issue from developing in the first place. However, knowing what to do in an emergency situation is just as important as it can save you from long-term damage. Here is a list of dental emergencies and the steps you need to take to deal with the issue.
Aches and pain are never a good sign, and if the pain is coming from the tooth, it indicates signs of tooth decay or infection. Though not all toothaches require emergency dentistry, if the pain is accompanied by swelling, then you require urgent care. Instead of resorting to taking painkillers or aspirins, use a cold compress on your cheek to smooth the inflammation and call our office for an emergency appointment.
Knocked Out Tooth
If you’ve been in contact sports or suffered an injury that resulted in one of your teeth getting knocked out, then pick the tooth up by its crown and rinse it off with water if it’s dirty. Based on the severity of the injury, the dentist will probably be able to place the tooth back from where it fell out. However, time is of the essence, and if you can reach the dentist’s office within an hour of getting injured, then there’s a good chance the dentist can put the tooth back in its place.
Lost Crown or Filling
Crowns and fillings get installed in your teeth to fix a previous problem, possibly a cavity or chipped tooth. If your crown or filling breaks and falls out, you need to call the dentist immediately to prevent the damage from becoming worse.
Bleeding After Tooth Extraction
Postoperative pain in the tooth and gums is expected; however, if you continue to experience pain and your gums begin to bleed after an hour post-surgery, then you need to get it checked out as soon as you can. While you wait for the dentist to take a look inside your mouth, place a thick gauze pad over the site of the extraction and bite down to apply pressure. During this time, it is recommended that you avoid eating, drinking, and rinsing.
Abscesses are classified as infections that occur near the root of the tooth and manifest as a painful, pimple-like swollen spot. This is a serious medical issue and requires emergency dentistry attention as there’s a risk of the infection spreading to the rest of your teeth. For temporary relief, rinse your mouth with water and place an ice cube on the swollen region to soothe it out.
If you are experiencing any of the issues listed above, call now at (425) 226-2615 and schedule your dental checkup with Kevin Kay DDS Comprehensive Family Dentistry. The longer you wait to respond to a dental emergency, the worse its impact will be on your oral health.