Emergency Dentists mostly deal with patients who have to be attended on an emergency basis and need immediate medical attention. Emergency Dentists provide primary medical care to the patients and relieve them from distress and pain. Their topmost priority will be to give you relief from pain.
What are some common Dental Emergencies?
The most common cause for dental emergencies arises from untreated cavities. The cavities start as a minor thing, but the hole will grow and cause more significant discomfort and pain if left untreated. If not attended to, the cavity will expand more in-depth into your tooth and cause damage to the pulp and weaken the enamel. The tooth could also break.
Another reason for dental emergencies is trauma caused by an athletic injury or automobile accident. During such incidents, the tooth might break, chip, or get knocked out. It is best to reach out to the emergency dentists and seek immediate medical help in such situations.
What should you do during some common dental emergencies?
Knocked - out tooth:
If you have a tooth knocked out, first pick it up by the top part, namely the crown, without touching the root. The tooth should be carefully rinsed without scrubbing. The tooth can be reinserted into the socket if it is possible. In case you cannot reinsert the tooth, place the tooth in a glass of milk and reach out to the dentist as quickly as possible. This might give you a greater chance of saving your tooth.
Chipped or Cracked Tooth:
Chipped teeth are usually not considered an emergency, but one has to be extra careful while eating to prevent the tooth from chipping further. On the other hand, a cracked or fractured tooth can cause concern as the damage can happen to the inside and outside of the tooth. A tooth cannot be saved if the fracture is too severe. In case you are suffering from too much pain, visit the dentist immediately. The dentist will take an X-ray to diagnose the extent of damage to the tooth and decide upon the further treatment course. If the root pulp is damaged, you may only need a root canal, or else a crown might be sufficient.
An abscessed tooth can be a cause for a dental emergency. In this condition, a pocket of pus accumulates inside the tooth, causing an infection. An abscessed tooth can lead to tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods, cause high fever, or a consistent toothache. If an abscessed tooth is left untreated on an emergency basis, the infection could spread into the jaw and other surrounding tissues. It could be treated with a combination of antibiotics, an extraction, or a root canal.
How can you prevent some dental emergencies?
Some of the dental emergencies can be prevented in the following ways:
- While participating in sports or recreational activities, wear a custom-fitted athletic guard to protect your teeth. Mouthguards will protect your teeth from concussions as well as broken teeth.
- It is best to avoid chewing ice and hard and crunchy foods.
- Do not use your teeth to cut or tear things. While your teeth are strong and durable, they can easily chip or break if too much force is applied.
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