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January 11, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Natasha

Keeping your dentist’s contact information may not be the most important thing in your list right now. After all we don’t really think about emergency dental services until we require one. But after reading this article you might want to call your dental office and personally ask for your dentist’s information. Keeping it might just save you from getting dentures in the future.

Remember that seeing a dentist within 30 minutes or less from having a dental emergency can mean the difference between saving your tooth or losing it. Here are some scenarios that you need to watch out for.

Knocked-Out Tooth

When a tooth has been knocked out, it is important to note that the damage extends to the blood vessels, supporting tissues, and nerves. Most of the time, knocked-out tooth needs a root canal since nerves and blood vessels are irreparable. It is imperative that you go to the dentist after a tooth has been knocked out to seek emergency dental service and lessen the damage.

Just make sure that you do these simple steps before reaching the dentist. 1. Handle the tooth with care and do not touch the root. 2. Wash the tooth with milk if it’s dirty and do not wipe it with any kind of cloth, shirt, or fabric. If milk is unavailable, rinse it with water. 3. Keep the tooth moist. Drop it into a glass of milk or place it in between your cheek and gums. However this is not advisable for young children as they may swallow the tooth. 4. Get to the dentist right away.

Chipped or Fractured Teeth

Chipped or cracked tooth is a common recurrence among older adults. The good news is, a chipped tooth can be restored if you avail of emergency dental service as soon as possible. What the dentist will do is to reattach the broken piece or place a tooth-colored filling on the crack. However, if a significant portion of the tooth is fractured, an artificial cap or crown may be needed.

If for some reason, cracks extend deep into the roots, then root canal will be performed or in worse cases, tooth extraction.

Tissue Pain or Facial Pain

Sometimes when a toothache is bearable, we don’t really go about running to our doctors. A lot of us do self-medication on painkillers and go about our day normally. Self-medication on painkillers is a practice that needs to stop now. Some toothaches persists more than others and when they do, they actually cause damage not just to the teeth but to the nerves and tissues surrounding it as well.

When the tissues surrounding our tooth are damaged, the pain that you will be feeling is not just contained on the teeth but it radiates to your face and the area around. Mind you, this pain is sharp and very painful. You definitely would be running to your dentists to ask for emergency dental service.

Also, any type of injury inside the mouth is considered a dental emergency. It could be a puncture wound or laceration on the lips, mouth, cheeks, or tongue. Get to an oral surgeon right away and have those treated. Meanwhile, before a professional help is available, clean the wounded portion with warm water and apply pressure if there is any bleeding.

 Periodontal Abscess

 A dental abscess results from a bacterial infection that causes a collection of pus between the tooth and the gum. The swelling of the gums, a severe throbbing pain, tender tooth and gums, swelling of the face, and fever, manifests this.  Dental abscess is formed as a result of dental decay that tears down the tooth. In turn, when the tooth is open, bacteria can now enter and makes the dental pulp their breeding ground.

You don’t want to keep feeding the bacteria inside and letting them thrive inside your mouth, allow your dentist to help you by scheduling an immediate check up.

Importance of Emergency Dental Services

The scenarios mentioned above are just the common dental issues emergency dental service.  Basically, any dental issues that has bleeding or severe pain is considered dental emergency. You may not find it useful now but having your dentist’s contact information readily available is a lifesaver. Also, these emergencies are kept at bay if we give adequate attention to dental care early on. Do not wait for anything nasty to happen to your teeth, because the pain is real.

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