What is a dental emergency?
A dental emergency is any problem with your teeth, mouth, or gums that necessitates immediate dental care. This can include:
Broken, Chipped, or Knocked Out Tooth
A broken or chipped tooth can usually be repaired, but will require urgent dental care. The dentist may be able to repair the fracture or chip with a filling, whereas more serious breaks may need a crown or root canal.
A dentist may be able to replace a knocked-out tooth within an hour of the incident if the tooth can be saved. Within this time frame, the tooth has a better chance of regaining its root. The likelihood dramatically decreases after two hours, necessitating the consideration of alternative measures.
Applying ice to the affected area will help relieve a toothache that won't go away with over-the-counter pain relievers. Then, as soon as you can, call your dentist because this is a dental emergency.
Toothaches can indicate potential major dental issues, and so it is important to take them seriously.
The interior of your tooth is exposed when a filling is lost, which weakens the structure of your tooth. The filling needs to be replaced as soon as possible, so make an appointment with a dentist. The filling can be temporarily replaced with a softened piece of sugarless gum to protect the area until you can see the dentist.
Object Lodged Between Teeth
Objects becoming lodged between the teeth can be dangerous and require immediate attention from your dentist. If you are unable to remove the object with floss, do not use a sharp object to remove it as this may push it further between your teeth - or injure your gums.
Bitten Tongue or Lip
If you are experiencing uncontrollable bleeding after biting your tongue or lip, you should go to an emergency dental clinic. Meanwhile, press a clean cloth against the bleeding area of the mouth. Apply an ice pack to reduce swelling, and seek emergency dental care.
A dental abscess is a collection of pus inside the teeth or gums. This excruciatingly painful condition is usually caused by a bacterial infection, which occurs within the soft pulp or root of the tooth. They may be caused by an untreated cavity, severe gum disease, or a chipped tooth.
Symptoms can include anything from a bad taste in your mouth to swollen glands, pain, pus or a fever. An abscessed tooth will usually need surgery to drain the infection and treat it properly. Treatment for dental abscesses can involve root canal surgery.