Dental Emergencies

Dental Emergencies

As we all know, toothaches and any type of oral injury can be extremely painful and should be seen by a dentist immediately.  Dental emergencies should be seen immediately by a professional. These emergencies include broken teeth, teeth that have been knocked out, or teeth that have been forced out of the socket.  With some emergencies, you may experience pain in the cheeks, lips, or gums and may have cuts or abrasions on them from where the teeth come out of the socket.

If you’ve had a tooth recently knocked out, you should see your dental professional. If you know where your tooth went, gently scrub it to get rid of any dirt or debris and bring it to your dentist. Whatever you do, you should never try to put your tooth back in the socket, as it may cause more damage. If you suffer from this, seek dental attention, as quickly as possible.

If you have a fractured tooth, the treatment will all depend upon how badly the booth has been fractured.  No matter how minor the fracture may be, it is very important that you get to a dentist as soon as you can.  Minor fractures usually aren’t that serious, as they can normally be smoothed out using sandpaper.  Sometimes, the tooth can also be restored with a composite.  After repair, you’ll need to make sure that you use extreme caution with the tooth for the next few days.

The more moderate fractures normally include damage to the dentin, pulp, and even the enamel.  These fractures can be nothing to worry about at times, yet painful with other cases.  Providing the pulp hasn’t been damaged, your dentist will be able to restore the full shape and function to the fractured tooth.  In cases where pulp damage has occurred, the dentist may need to do a root canal or other type of serious surgery to repair the tooth.

Whenever you encounter a dental emergency, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact a dentist immediately.  Your dentist will be able to assist you, fix the problem, and stop the pain.  Dental emergencies can happen at any time, and to anyone; your dentist will know exactly how to handle the situation.

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