Have you suffered from an oral pain which has left you thinking whether to consider it a dental emergency or not?
Dental emergencies can happen anywhere at any time and often it leaves us confused and unsure if we should visit a dentist. Minor cases of oral damage can be best treated at home before rushing immediately to the dentist, but it will surely need a look at by the dentist after a certain time. However, what is even more vital to consider is we should be careful identifying dental emergencies because sometimes we just tend to ignore it & put off visiting the dentist. After all, we’re not sure if it’s an emergency.
We should remember that when we put off treatment, we may be at worse oral risk like losing a tooth. In some emergency cases, time is of the essence and early treatment also might save us from losing a tooth.
Now the big question is “How to know if it’s a dental emergency”
Anything that creates aches and misery concerning oral health would be considered a dental emergency. Dental issues such as face swelling (can cause difficulty in breathing), knocking out or dislodging a tooth, bleeding from the mouth that doesn’t stop, a bad toothache that keeps you awake, mouth ulcer that has not healed for more than 2 weeks are some examples of dental emergencies. These issues require dental treatment immediately to alleviate pain or to avoid any further infection that could be life-threatening.
Common Dental Emergencies
Here are a few common situations that warrant urgent or emergency dental care.
Knocked- Out Tooth:
When your tooth gets knocked out, the blood vessels, nerves and the supporting tissue get damaged. Because of this damage, unfortunately, the nerves and blood vessels can’t be repaired thus you will need dental treatment to avoid further consequences.
After a tooth is knocked out, its best to visit your dentist as soon as possible. But during the interim period, between the accident and visiting the dentist, it’s important to take precautions to avoid damaging the tooth even more. Here are a few handy tips you can do on your way to the dentist:
- Handle the tooth carefully, don’t touch the tooth by the root, handle it by the chewing surface area.
- If possible, try to immediately put the tooth back in the socket.
- If you face difficulty putting it back in the socket, put the tooth in a container with cold milk or in the mouth next to the cheek to keep moisture in the roots.
Dental abscess is a serious dental emergency that can lead to even more serious issues if left untreated. A tooth abscess can happen from infections that have expanded inside your tooth, bacteria slowly enter the tooth when it’s broken or chipped and can inflame the tooth pulp.
If not treated on time it reaches the centre of the tooth, the tooth is infected, and pus accumulates in the tooth. This causes swelling in the tooth and results in severe pain, fever, and a bad taste in your mouth. You need to visit the dentist as soon as possible to avoid further complications.
If you experience broken, chipped, or a fractured tooth visit us for emergency dental care as soon as possible. A cracked or fractured tooth presents a serious issue, as it usually suggests that damage has happened not only on the outside of your tooth, but also in the inside which can cause a tooth to be damaged further or become infected, & possibly causing you to end up losing the tooth. We have several solutions, depending upon on how severely it is damaged. A minor crack may be repairable with a filling or crown. More serious fractures may require extracting the tooth.
How To Avoid Potential Dental Emergency?
You can’t predict when you might end up with a dental emergency, however it’s always best to take precautions by taking good care of your oral health, maintaining proper dental hygiene & visiting the dentist for a routine check-up. This will not only keep your oral health on a good track but also during routine check-up your dentist will be able to find out if you have any signs of tooth decay,gum disease or infection. You also can recognise a dental emergency by the signs your body is giving to point out developing dental problems. Be sure to make an emergency dental appointment immediately when you see the signs.
Looking For Emergency Dental Care In Bendigo?
Come visit us at Golden Square Dental – Your Local Dentist In Golden Square. We have been a trusted name for emergency dental care in Bendigo since 1976 and our flexible appointment hours mean that we can usually help you on the same day. Our team of friendly dentists are highly trained, experienced, and gentle with anxious patients – to give you the peace of mind of a comfortable dental experience.
The rooms in our practice are equipped with ceiling-mounted TVs, which work great as a distraction, and we also offer a range of sedation and pain management methods to relax you. We’re dedicated to helping you attain a lifetime of healthy smiles.