Most of us have been there, we have some pain in our mouth that continues to get worse, and we start to wonder if something is seriously wrong – is this a dental emergency? In this piece, we’ll go into detail about what constitutes a dental emergency and what to do if you or a loved one is having one.
First thing’s first – if you are having tooth or mouth pain, it is always advisable to contact your Winning Smiles dentist. However, here are several things that mean you need immediate attention:
This is nothing to mess with as a swollen face can often indicate a dental infection, such as an infection of the gum, tooth, or bone. These kinds of infections can be deadly if they’re not treated. Get to your dentist as soon as possible, but make sure that you stay upright and drink plenty of fluids in the meantime.
A Knocked-Out Tooth
This is a scary experience, but there are things you can do immediately to save you tooth. Initially, save the tooth, if possible. If it is in intact without damage to the root, it may be able to be reinserted and take. Pick it up by the crown, do not touch the root – look in a mirror as you attempt to put it back in the socket correctly. This must be done within an hour. If you cannot save the tooth, an implant will be necessary. In either case, get to a dentist or emergency room as soon as possible.
Cracked or Broken Tooth
A cracked or broken tooth isn’t always an emergency, but it very well can be. If there is a large portion of the tooth that is missing, the crack appears to be large, and/or if you’re in a large amount of pain, you should aim to be seen as soon as possible. If the crack is only small, you may only need a filling, but if it’s large, a crown may be needed. If your tooth is severely cracked, you may need an extraction and implant.
Call your dentist as soon as possible and be prepared to provide as many details about the injury so they can attempt to access the seriousness.
To prevent these kinds of injuries, make sure that when you’re playing sports, you’re protecting your teeth with mouth guards and/or helmets; don’t chew on things like hard candy and popcorn kernels; and, do not use your teeth to try to rip or cut anything.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, contact your Winning Smiles dentist as soon as possible.