Dental emergencies are impossible to avoid entirely as they occur when you least expect it. However, you can prepare by familiarizing yourself with some of the most common dental emergencies, so you know exactly what to do if and when one happens. But what are some of the most frequent dental injuries? Read on to find out!
But First, What Exactly is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is a sudden issue that occurs, usually due to infection that has developed over time or physical trauma. It’s important to know that any injuries you feel are life-threatening, including difficulty breathing, deep facial wounds, jaw fractures, and more, require medical attention. In these situations, you should visit an urgent care facility immediately. For all other dental issues, your dentist is the best place to go because they have the training and technology to restore your smile and get you out of pain.
What are the Most Common Dental Emergencies?
No two smiles are the same, which means that every emergency case is different. However, these dental injuries occur far more than others:
Chipped or Cracked Teeth
Whether it’s an injury during sports, or simply biting down on a hard piece of food, teeth can chip or crack. In some cases, you may not even experience pain. However, this will all depend on the severity of the damage. If you experience a cracked, chipped or broken tooth, try to pick up the pieces if there are any. For pain, take an over-the-counter pain killer and then call your dentist once you’ve made yourself more comfortable. They will be able to repair your tooth with treatments like dental bonding or dental crowns.
A knocked-out tooth is nothing short of surprising, but it’s important not to panic! Pick up your tooth by the crown so you don’t damage the roots and gently rinse it off. Use gauze to slow down any bleeding, and a cold compress to numb the pain and prevent swelling. Next, contact your dentist. If you can visit their office within an hour of the injury, they may be able to successfully replant your tooth.
So you’re enjoying your day then bam—you start to feel a sharp pain in your tooth. Try flossing around the area and rinsing your mouth just in case it’s an irritating piece of food debris. If the pain persists, take over-the-counter pain medication and call your dentist. You probably need a root canal to remove infected tissue while saving the rest of your tooth.
Dental emergencies are never fun, but at least you know exactly what to do if one happens. Just remember these tips to stay safe and smiling.
Meet the Dentists
Dr. Dean Hutto and Dr. Steve Ragsdale combine their extensive training and knowledge to treat a wide range of dental emergencies with custom-made dental crowns, comfortable root canals, sedation dentistry, and more. Plus, they can usually see you on the same day of your emergency! For any questions, they can be reached through their website or by phone at (281) 422-8248.