Dental emergencies are stressful, often painful, and scary for people of all ages. No emergency happens at a convenient time, but knowing how to handle a dental emergency before one occurs can give you a better chance at saving your tooth and preventing further damage to your mouth.
While a knocked out tooth is typically the most extreme dental emergency, there are other situations that also constitute as an emergency yet they are most often not treated like an emergency. Below are the criteria for a dental emergency:
- A cracked or broken tooth
- A damaged dental bridge or crown
- A knocked out tooth
- A lost filling
- An infection or abscess in the mouth
- An injured jaw
- Dental bleeding
- Extreme tooth sensitivity
- Swelling in the mouth
- Tooth pain
It is essential to understand that most dental issues will not resolve on their own, which is what makes them emergencies. Having any of the above listed criteria present inside your mouth requires the attention of your dentist. The best way to prevent the need for drastic and expensive dental intervention is to see your dentist for evaluation and treatment before a dental emergency becomes a dire situation.
Of course, a knocked out tooth requires immediate intervention. When a tooth is knocked out of the mouth or knocked loose from its socket, it will become severed from its blood supply. It is imperative that you bring the tooth with you to the dentist. If at all possible, try to place the tooth back into its socket to promote natural reconnection with the blood vessels. However, if it is impossible to place the tooth back into the mouth, keep it moist in your own saliva or a small amount of milk. Get to the dentist immediately for the best chance at saving the tooth.
At Meadowbrook Family Dental, we are here for all of your dental care needs. Contact us immediately should a dental emergency arise.
Posted on behalf of Meadowbrook Family Dental