Dental Emergencies That Cannot Wait

  • By Tanya Powell
  • 16 Aug, 2017
Oral health care is as important as caring for the rest of your body, and you should see your dentist twice a year on a regular basis for checkups and cleanings. But when you have a dental emergency, you need to see your dentist right away.
Knowing what constitutes a dental emergency can help you decide how urgent your tooth or gum problem is. Here are dental emergencies that cannot wait and should be seen by your dentist as soon as possible. You will also learn how to treat these conditions at home until you are in the dentist's capable hands.

A Broken Tooth

Breaking a tooth is a devastating experience. You can break a tooth in many ways. Common situations include falling down, experiencing impact during a contact sport or injuring a tooth on a hard piece of food (such as hard candy or popcorn).
A tooth can be broken in many ways, including having a partial crack that can lead to nerve pain, being knocked entirely out of its socket or simply being chipped or broken in one area but secure in others
The first thing you should do upon breaking a tooth is check your mouth for other injury, such as cut or bleeding gums, tongue damage or another mouth wound. Cleanse the area with salt water or hydrogen peroxide to keep infection at bay, and call your dentist right away. If you are faint, dizzy, vomiting or experience confusion, seek emergency dental or hospital care as a head injury may also be of concern.

An Abscessed Tooth

An abscessed tooth is a  dental emergency  because it means the tooth is so severely infected it puts the rest of your mouth, and even your sinuses, at risk for infection. An untreated tooth that is broken or chipped tooth can lead to a painful abscess, gum disease, a decaying tooth or other oral problems.

If your mouth is severely sore, you notice a foul taste in your mouth, you cannot bite down on hard or soft foods or you have a sinus infection in addition to a sore mouth, a tooth abscess may be to blame.
Before the infection has a chance to spread, make an appointment with your dentist so you can be placed on antibiotics and have the affected tooth treated or removed. You can use cold packs on your mouth's exterior to help relieve the pain of the inflamed area until you can get to the dentist.
Keep in mind that an abscessed tooth is especially dangerous if you are pregnant as the infection can spread and cause damage to an unborn baby. If you are pregnant, call your dentist right away for emergency care; many dentists feature emergency hours or allow for walk-in emergencies if you have a most urgent case.

A Mouth Cut

A mouth cut, caused by biting down hard on your lip, being poked in the mouth with a hard object or slicing your gums on an object attempting to open it with your teeth, is a serious ailment that you need to seek medical care for immediately. You need to place gentle pressure on the wound with a clean cloth until bleeding stops, then assess your teeth to see if any are loose or missing.
Even if your mouth appears to have stopped bleeding, make an appointment with your dentist to see if further treatment is necessary. This is especially true if you experience fever or pain when eating or if your condition does not improve over the next several days. Your dentist can prescribe antibiotics for your health and check your mouth for any damage that needs to be treated, or they can refer you to a specialist if stitches or surgery is required.
We treat our patients like family at Cherry Hill Dentistry LLC. Allow us to treat your dental emergencies and be there for you for regular checkups and cleanings as well.
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