Most Common Dental Emergencies

Most Common Dental Emergencies

Posted by DDS Staff on Aug 30 2022, 04:22 AM

Most Common Dental Emergencies

A dental emergency is any situation in which a patient has severe damage to their teeth and gums. Dental emergencies can be triggered by trauma to the mouth, but they can also be caused by gum disease, infection, or other issues. Dental emergencies can be extremely painful, but patients should remain calm and call the emergency dentist in Arizona. 

When you have a dental emergency, you might require prompt treatment to save your natural tooth, prevent an infection, or alleviate severe pain. Here are some of the most common dental emergencies that need immediate attention:

Dental Pain

Dental pain is a common symptom of an untreated dental emergency. When a tooth is cracked, broken, or infected, bacteria can invade the pulp tissue. This causes pain, sensitivity, swelling, and redness.

Cracked or Fractured Tooth

If your tooth is cracked or fractured, our dentist will need to evaluate your tooth to determine the extent of the damage. In some cases, the crack or fracture may be too small to see with the naked eye. In these cases, your dentist may feel it during an exam or by using an x-ray. We would likely recommend a dental restoration. This restoration can help protect the tooth from further damage while also restoring the tooth’s function.

Broken Filling or Crown

If you break your filling or crown, plan to see our dentist as soon as possible. If the tooth has a sharp edge, place a piece of sugar-free gum over it, sugarless gum, or even sugarless candy. 

You can temporarily cover a broken filling or crown with over-the-counter dental cement, which is sold in most pharmacies. Dental cement can also be used to fill cavities temporarily. Make sure to visit your dentist immediately.

Knocked-out Tooth

If you knock out a tooth, you should immediately rinse the tooth with water. Do not touch the tooth roots. If possible, try to place the tooth back into the socket. This is only possible if the tooth is intact.

If you cannot place the tooth back into the socket, you can place the tooth in a container with milk. You should immediately go to the dental professional for treatment.

Knocked-out teeth that have broken or jagged edges may damage the tissues in your mouth. You should receive a dental professional exam as soon as possible.

Broken Jaw

A broken jaw is a serious medical emergency. That’s because your jaw includes multiple delicate structures, including teeth, nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. Without immediate treatment, you could damage these structures.

If you experience a broken jaw, you should go to the emergency room. Sometimes, a broken jaw happens when people engage in fights. In other cases, it’s the result of a sports injury.

A broken jaw can affect your ability to eat and drink. It also may interfere with your ability to talk.

If you are looking for an emergency dentist, you can reach Dental Design Studios in Arizona. Call us to book an appointment from your nearest location.

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