What constitutes a dental emergency?

As much as we don’t expect them, accidents happen and cause emergencies that need to be taken care of right away. These are some common dental issues that would need immediate attention:

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Knocked Out Tooth

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Broken Tooth

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Chipped Tooth

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Knocked Out Tooth

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Oral Bleeding That Won't Stop

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Severe Toothaches

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Stuck Objects Under the Gum or In-Between the Teeth

Knocked Out Tooth
Whether it be from sports, falling, or even a car accident, teeth can be knocked out creating a panic situation. If a tooth has been knocked out refrain from touching the roots, and rinse the tooth off until no dirt is visible. Try to set the tooth back in, gently biting on a piece of gauze or tea bag can help. If the tooth will not set, keep it wet by either keeping it underneath your tongue or putting it in a container/bag of milk.
Broken or Chipped Tooth
If a tooth gets chipped, depending on the severity of the chip, medical attention may be needed. Usually a chipped tooth can wait until the next day and is not considered a dental emergency, but if the tooth continues to cut the inside of the mouth or tongue and cause oral bleeding that will not cease, contacting your dentist right away is recommended. In the meantime, set a folded damp paper towel or washcloth over the chipped tooth to prevent it from cutting the mouth or tongue any further.
Abscessed Tooth

What is an abscessed tooth? An abscessed tooth is an infection that goes through the middle of the tooth (called the “pulp”) in which bacteria moves its way through the tooth to the bottom of the root and into the jaw bone. Bacteria reaches the center of the tooth through a cracked tooth that wasn’t cared for, and dental cavities that go untreated and decay into the pulp chamber. The condition can start out as a toothache or a small infection with minor swelling that is uncomfortable to chew on/bite down with. What are the signs of an Abscessed tooth?

  • Throbbing toothaches can be a common sign that the pulp chamber is infected.
  • The tooth will turn a dark color if blood circulation is cut off.
  • Biting or pressing on the tooth hurts.
  • If the bacteria reach the bottom of the root and releases, there can be pimple like swellings that form on the gum.
  • A sore jaw or swollen jaw that produces pain.