What is a dental emergency?
Dental emergencies can have many causes, including accidents, sports-related injuries, tooth decay and infection. You may have a dental emergency if you have any of the following:
- a traumatic injury to your mouth, jaw or teeth
- severe pain that you cannot control with over-the-counter pain medication
- uncontrolled bleeding
- broken denture
- fractured teeth
- loss veneers and crowns
- pain after extraction
A toothache can cause horrible pain, difficulty eating, sleeping or concentrating, and should not be ignored. A sharp, constant or throbbing pain on a single tooth can be a sign that there is something wrong, it could be tooth decay, a cavity, or gum disease. It is important to reach for professional care as soon as possible to identify the cause of the pain so it can be addressed properly. Over the counter toothache pain killers will help alleviate pain for a short amount of time but the underlying cause of the pain will remain and will get worse as time progresses.
If your tooth is broken, chipped, or cracked save any pieces and see your dentist as soon as possible. Rinse your mouth and any pieces with warm water. Apply a cold compress outside the affected area to relieve pain and keep the swelling down. If you are experiencing bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area until the bleeding stops. It is very important to seek professional care as soon as possible!
Fracture Filling or Crown
Most people have at least one filling or crown in their mouth. And due to the normal wear and tear, the filling or crown could fall out. . Make sure to rinse your mouth out with warm water if ever this happens to you. After that, it is wise to fill the cavity wit cotton wool . Go see the dentist as soon as you can.
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