How to Know if You’re Having a Dental Emergency

How to Know if You’re Having a Dental Emergency

How can you tell if your tooth aches and pains are normal, or a real toothache you should be concerned about? Those seemingly small problems can quickly turn into a toothache you won’t forget if left untreated. Here’s a guide to know more about dental emergencies:

Dental Emergencies — Call Immediately

Whenever you or your family member experience any of the following situations, then call a dental clinic or ER immediately.

Abscessed Tooth or Gum: A tooth abscess may cause fever, tooth sensitivity to hot and cold, a persistent toothache, tender lymph nodes in your neck, swelling in the face, and a pimple-like bump on your gums near the infected tooth.

Broken Jaw: Although it doesn’t always affect your teeth, it can have devastating effects on a person’s eating and breathing. It is the most common fracture, so it would be wise to visit an ER immediately.

Chipped or Broken Tooth: This is one of the more serious dental emergencies. Make sure to try and save the broken or chipped tooth. Visit the dentist as quickly as possible with the broken tooth.

Knocked out Tooth: If a tooth is knocked out of your mouth, you need to save the tooth. Put it straight into a sealed container filled with either milk or salt water. Get to the dentist within the hour and the tooth could be saved.

Not a Dental Emergency but Make an Appointment

Some kind of dental emergencies can be handled and can wait till you reach a dental clinic. Some of them are as follows:

Bleeding Gums: Bleeding of the gums when brushing or flossing can be trivial if not excess. Rinse your mouth with a mild salt-water solution, and hold a gauze or tea bag to apply pressure on the bleeding site for 15-20 minutes.

Crown Fell Out: A displaced crown or a lost filling does not require urgent care. You can try to handle it y temporary adhesive.

Toothache: Toothache can be caused by varied factors, but if it’s not severe then you can handle it by applying ice pack on the area.

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