What Are the Most Common Dental Emergencies

A broken tooth or mouth injury are obvious situations that require emergency dentistry. But, what if you are experiencing tooth pain or swelling - does that constitute a dental emergency? 

Here's a list of some of the most common dental emergencies and what to do if you are experiencing one. 

What Is a Dental Emergency 

A dental emergency involves a situation that requires urgent medical care. Bleeding, facial trauma, infections, and broken teeth are classified as dental emergencies. However, by this definition, a severe toothache can also constitute a dental emergency if it affects the quality of your life and is preventing you from doing your regular tasks and activities. 

Signs of a Dental Emergency 

If you are experiencing any of these signs, then it's best to get in touch with your dentist as soon as possible and schedule a same-day emergency appointment. 

  • Pain

Some types of toothaches are manageable and you may be able to wait until a consultation slot is available. But, if your pain is unbearable, then that could be a sign that something more is happening, such as tooth decay or an infection. Don't try to treat the pain at home with over-the-counter medicine, but visit your dentist immediately. 

  • Injury to Mouth 

If you've suffered a mouth injury, then it's important to call your emergency dentist. They will examine your mouth and perform x-rays to properly assess the extent of the damage. 

  • Tooth Knocked Out

If you've knocked a tooth out, pick it up by the crown and rinse it with water if it's dirty. Place it in a cup with milk and take it to your doctor for emergency restoration dentistry. 

  • Infections

If left untreated, an infection can spread to the gums and jaw tissue around, creating more complications. 

  • Tooth Sensitivity 

Tooth sensitivity is something most of us will experience at one point in our lives. But, if your teeth have been sensitive for a couple of days now and you are having difficulties eating or drinking, then this can be considered a dental emergency. 

  • Mouth Sores

Mouth sores might not seem like that much of a problem, but if not cared for properly, they might lead to more complications. 

  • Abscessed Gums

An abscess to the gums will likely spread to the surrounding teeth and gum tissues, and even to the rest of the body. If left untreated, an abscess can cause serious health complications. 

  • Broken Teeth

A broken tooth will not only affect your appearance, but it can be extremely painful. Rinse your mouth with lukewarm water and apply a gauze to the bleeding site while you get in touch with your dentist. 

  • Bleeding

It's normal to experience some bleeding after certain dental procedures, such as tooth extractions or dental implants. But, if the bleeding doesn't seem to go away, then it might be a sign that something is wrong. 

  • Swelling 

Swelling can be a sign of infection, so it's best to visit a dentist right away. 

What Should I Do If I Have a Dental Emergency 

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, try to stay calm and apply first aid. 

At West Allen Dental, we offer dental emergency services. So, get in touch with us right away to relieve your oral pain and get back to living your life. 

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