Your dentist can help you with several emergencies that can arise. If you move quickly, you can save a lost tooth and prevent an abscess from becoming bad.
Once or twice in your life you can visit your dentist for something other than routine check-up. When verbal emergencies occur, it is best to move quickly to minimize damage and increase the chance of successful treatment (often with reduced pain and discomfort). If you have a real emergency, do not hesitate to find a dentist right away.
What to Do During a Dental Emergency
Toothache is not fun and can make everyday activities miserable. It is important to try to identify the source of the pain before you run to the dentist. People with sensitive teeth may experience pain when they eat or drink very cold or hot. Toothpaste for sensitive teeth can help you temporarily, but if you have a chance you’ll want to find a dentist. Persistent toothache can be a sign of something more serious. If over-the-counter medications don’t help or last longer than a few days, it’s time to consider medical help.
Losing a tooth can be traumatic, but not nearly as traumatic as a big gap in the grin. If you’ve lost a tooth, whether in a bar brawl, game hockey, or an embarrassing slip, a little quick thinking can help you save your smile. The amount of blood present could be alarming, so it’s best to first use a clean towel to hold your mouth, stanching the flow. Look for the tooth nearby, and once found, give it a rinse under water, keeping it gently in the tip and not the root end (if the roots are damaged, replacement may be impossible). Put the tooth in a glass of milk, salt water, or fail, a container of your own saliva (it must be completely submerged so that you can cut out your work for you). If you can make it to the dentist in thirty minutes or less, there is a reasonable chance it can be repaired. If not, you need to look at alternatives like an implant.
When to Make an Emergency Dental Visit
Another fairly common emergency is developing an abscess. These are like blisters that appear on the inside of the mouth and on the gums. They usually grow due to poor hygiene. Bacteria collect and cause infection. The tissue then swells and the subsequent growth will then fill with ice. At first glance, an abscess may not seem like a reason to visit the dental office. They can be uncomfortable, but most people mistake them for simple wounds that will go away. While with some care, they can go away on their own, if it becomes extremely painful or too big, finding a dentist should be a priority. If left unattended, severe situations can swell enough to block the airways. They can also cause flu-like symptoms when the infection spreads, such as cold, fever, and vomiting. A dentist can help by scanning the abscess to empty the fluid, which is often followed by an antibiotic course. If the abscess has spread, the patient may need anesthesia.