Dental emergencies can happen at any time. They can be painful and uncomfortable. If not treated, they may cause serious problems for your oral health. Here are some common cases of dental emergencies:
Find the tooth and rinse it with warm water to remove any debris. Do not scrub the tooth or remove any tissue fragments. If possible, try to place the tooth back in the socket without touching the root tip. If this isn't possible, put the tooth in a small container of milk and get to the dentist's office right away. Since it's possible that the tooth will be pushed into the jawbone and not sit upright in the socket, reaching the office within an hour is best.
If you have a broken tooth, you can gently rinse your mouth with water and apply a cold compress on your face to reduce swelling. This will help alleviate pain in the short term until you are able to visit your dentist. Your dentist will be able to properly treat your broken tooth and determine if you need restorative work, such as the placement of a crown.
A fractured tooth isn't just painful – it can also cause sensitivity and make it difficult to eat and speak normally. If a tooth is fractured, it's important to see your dentist as soon as possible for an exam and treatment recommendations. You may need a filling or crown to restore your smile.
A toothache that lasts more than an hour or two can be a sign of infection or decay, so it's best to contact your dentist right away. In the meantime, rinse your mouth with salt water and apply a cold compress to the outside of your face for temporary relief. Use over-the-counter pain relievers as directed.
Sometimes a toothache can be a sign of a larger problem, such as tooth decay or a cavity that's gone unnoticed for some time. However, it can also be a sign of a minor issue such as a food impaction between the teeth or inflamed gum tissues. In any case, it's important to consult with a dentist to determine the cause of the discomfort so it can be treated appropriately.
A broken jaw is a common injury, especially among athletes and children involved in sports or playground activities. Immediate treatment is important for preventing additional damage to the teeth or other facial structures. The dentist may splint the jaw closed and administer painkillers to reduce pain until an oral surgeon can repair the damage.
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