Dental Emergencies

Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies are problems involving the teeth and other structures present in the mouth and require immediate attention. If ignored, they grow into serious oral complications that require invasive procedures for treatment. All dental emergencies should be treated under the supervision or guidance of a dental health professional in order to preserve the teeth for as long as possible.

What are the different types of dental emergencies?

The table given below highlights the common dental emergencies and the steps to be taken when you encounter one.


S.NoEmergencySteps to be taken

1

Excruciating toothache

Toothaches are very common and may affect a patient due to various reasons like decay, dental trauma, pulp infection, or periodontal diseases. In the case of such a dental emergency, take the following steps:

  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to reduce the pain.
  • Use ice packs or cold towels to treat swelling around the aching region.
  • Use painkillers to subside the pain.
  • Schedule an appointment with a dentist and visit a dental practice immediately. The dentist will identify the root cause of pain and provide the necessary treatment.

2

Loose tooth

Teeth come loose due to dental trauma, periodontal diseases, or severe decay. The phenomenon is common and requires immediate attention to prevent the loose tooth from getting displaced fully. In the case of such a dental emergency, take the following steps:

  • Schedule an appointment with a dentist and visit a dental practice immediately. The dentist repositions the loose tooth in the socket and adds splints to stabilize it.
  • If the tooth has become extremely loose, root canal therapy is performed.
  • Do not use dental adhesives to hold the tooth in place.

3

Knocked-out tooth

If a tooth is knocked out from its socket due to injury to the mouth, visit your dentist immediately. When a tooth gets completely uprooted from its socket, the connected bone tissues, nerves, and blood vessels get damaged. If the tooth is placed back into its socket within an hour, there is a chance for the tissues to re-grow and support the tooth once again. In the case of such a dental emergency, take the following steps:

  • Collect the knocked-out tooth and rinse it with warm water. Refrain from touching the roots.
  • Place the tooth back into its socket. If this is not possible, tuck it into the cheek pouch.
  • If the tooth cannot be placed in the mouth, put it in a cup of milk or saliva. This is done to prevent it from drying out.
  • Do not use dental adhesives to place the tooth back in its socket.
  • Schedule an appointment with your dentist and visit a dental practice as soon as possible.

    4

    Cracked tooth

    Teeth often get cracked and fractured due to dental trauma, grinding and clenching. Cracks and fractures are generally painless but when they reach the tooth roots, one experiences agonizing pain. In the case of such a dental emergency, take the following steps:

    • Rinse your mouth with warm salty water.
    • In case of bleeding, bite on a gauze bad for a few minutes.
    • To treat swelling, use icepacks or cold towels.
    • Take a topical pain reliever.
    • Schedule an appointment with your dentist and visit a dental practice as soon as possible.

    5

    Lost dental restoration

    When a dental restoration like a crown or bridge comes loose and displaces from its place, the affected tooth becomes sensitive to temperature changes and pressure. This is a common phenomenon when the concerned tooth is decaying and changing shape. A change in shape affects the dental restoration's fit and it becomes loose and displaces from its place. In the case of such a dental emergency, take the following steps:

    • Keep the dislodged crown in a cool and safe place to increase the possibility of it getting reinstalled in place. 
    • Apply clove oil to the concerned tooth and surrounding region to relieve pain.
    • Do not use glue to reattach the crown.
    • Schedule an appointment with your dentist and visit a dental practice as soon as possible. If the crown is out of the mouth for a long period of time, the teeth may shift or undergo further damage.

    At Ayoub Dental we employ the practices of modern dentistry to systematically repair damage and enhance the appearance of your smile. We design a custom plan for each patient to meet their individual requirements. For further doubts and queries, book an appointment with us or visit our office today.

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