Dental Emergencies And How To Deal With Them

Toothaches can often be mild, but they can escalate quickly and become so excruciating that you need to schedule an emergency dental appointment. What exactly is an emergency?

Understand dental emergencies

If you break your tooth while playing or eating, or if your tooth is loose or not in position, then it is a dental emergency.

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Many Dental emergencies are very painful and should be considered as soon as possible not only to relieve pain but also to prevent further damage. Getting the treatment you need within 30 minutes can make the difference between saving a tooth and removing it.

What to do before going to the dentist

If you experience bleeding in your mouth and the bleeding hasn't stopped after 15 minutes of pressing on the area, don't wait any longer before going to the dentist.

If your tooth breaks, keep it in a glass of water until you take it to the dentist. Keeping the teeth moist will make them last longer so that your dentist can still fix them.

When dealing with broken teeth, always remember that the crown must hold it in place. Avoid touching the roots as this can damage the cells which can prevent them from replacing them.

If your teeth are pushed out of place, try to gently push them back into their normal positions. It is very important that the teeth are not forced. 

In the case of a broken bone, reduce the swelling with a cold compress and take an anti-inflammatory agent. Smaller fractures are easy to treat, but treating large fractures can be a complicated procedure, as they often injure the tooth enamel and surrounding pulp.