Many dental issues develop over the course of time such as cavities and gum disease. It may take many years of dental neglect for them to manifest. However, pain or sensitivity in the teeth can come on all at once. You may require immediate dental care if this is you. You may get this from your dentist or in some instance you may wind up in the emergency room.
It’s not easy to tell if your pain originates from a tooth, your gums or a mouth issue. It’s not easy to tell if it will require emergency care or what you should do about it. The fact is, most Americans aren’t prepared to deal with a dental emergency as per a survey of 1000 participants.
If you think your mouth problem is a dental emergency, this handy guide will help you to determine if that is the case.
Lip or tongue bite with a lot of bleeding. If you’ve ever bitten your lip, your tongue or any other soft tissue in your mouth such as the inside of your cheek, immediately clean the area and put a cold compress on it to stop the swelling. If bleeding is severe or doesn’t stop within a reasonable amount of time, head to the emergency room.
If you have thought you have broken or cracked a tooth, call your dentist at once. While you wait to see your dentist rinse your mouth with warm water and use a cold compress on the outside of your face to keep the swelling down.
If your braces are damaged, call the orthodontist immediately. In many instances, the damaged brace must be fixed immediately. Other issues can usually wait until the next appointment.
If your jaw is injured, or you suspect you may have broken your jaw, use a cold compress to the area and go to the dentist immediately or the emergency room if it is after hours.
Loose teeth can be problematic. See your dentist immediately as they may be able to save your tooth. While you wait, use an over the counter pain relief and use a cold compress to relieve pain.
If your tooth is knocked out, grab the tooth by the crown and rinse the root if it’s dirty. Don’t scrub the tooth or remove any pieces that may be attached to it. You can try to reinsert your tooth into the socket, but if that isn’t possible, see your dentist immediately. According to the American Dental Association, placing the tooth in a glass of milk will help to preserve it while you wait to see the dentist.
A lost filling or a lost crown can be problematic. IF this is you, put the filling or the crown in a safe place and call the dentist to set an appointment. Use clove oil to the sensitive area in your mouth. You can also get dental cement at the pharmacy to help decrease the sensitivity. Check with the dentist prior to doing this.
If you have something that is lodged in between your teeth, you can try to use dental floss to remove it. If it still won’t come out call the dentist. He or she may need to see you right away.
Painful swelling should be a reason to call the dentist immediately as well. If you have an abscess or an infected pocket in your mouth it can lead to a serious systemic infection. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to relieve pain and pressure.
Pericoronitis is an infection that happens when the wisdom teeth don’t come in properly. If this is you, you may have swollen and irritated gums as well as a bad taste in your mouth. Call your dentist immediately.
A sudden severe toothache is a reason to rinse with warm salt water, gently floss around the tooth and ensure that there isn’t anything lodged between your teeth. IF a toothache doesn’t go away, call the dentist.
Some emergencies can cause life-threatening infections or serious permanent damage if they aren’t immediately treated. If you’re not sure or you’re in doubt, call the dentist. The sooner you seek out treatment for any dental issue, the better the chances of a full recovery and good dental health.