When You Might Need Emergency Dental Services

When You Might Need Emergency Dental Services
November 11 05:57 2019 Print This Article

For many simple health problems, there are remedies you can try at home that can provide some relief from pain. For instance, if you have a toothache, you may be able to simply floss between the aching tooth and the teeth around it, as even a small piece of impacted food can sometimes cause a terrible ache. However, emergency dental help will be required if the food just won’t budge and leads to pain or infection. 

Teeth are a very important part of the body, but are often the most neglected. Together with the tongue, cheeks and palate, the teeth form the first part of the body’s digestive system. New studies have suggested that dental diseases can seriously affect general health. This goes to show the importance of practicing good oral hygiene such as brushing regularly and flossing. Apart from practicing good dental hygiene, it’s also important to see a dentist in case of a dental emergency. Continue reading to learn more about when emergency dental care might be necessary.

Emergency Dental Scenarios

Dental emergencies can vary from a knocked out tooth through to sudden severe pain in your mouth that causes one side of your face to swell up. Any trauma to the mouth where a tooth is fractured and bleeding will also require immediate medical attention, as ignoring the issue can lead to serious complications.

Sometimes when people aren’t careful of the foods they eat, they can lose a filling or a crown. This is also counted as a dental emergency that will require you to visit an emergency dentist to get the problem fixed.

If you think you have a dental emergency, you should get in touch with an emergency dentist as soon as you can. The reason why it’s so important to get dental help immediately is that the sooner you get assistance, the more likely you are to need less treatment and keep the tooth intact.

Other common dental emergencies include:

  • Abscesses
  • A broken tooth
  • Infection
  • Pericoronitis – Inflammation of the tissue surrounding a wisdom tooth
  • Pulpitis – Inflammation of dental pulp tissue

Fortunately, emergency dental problems like these can all be treated so your mouth can be restored to its usual calm state. Sometimes a filling is all that’s needed to fix the problem, but in other instances, you may require root canal treatment or a tooth extraction. You could have a dental abscess with pus caused by infection. In this case, antibiotics will first be prescribed, and once the infection is under control, the source of the infection will be treated. If you’ve got an exposed nerve in your tooth, you will want to see a dentist immediately due to the pain. Use a warm, saltwater mouth rinse until you can get to your local dentist. Even if you believe that your regular dentist might be closed, it’s still worth calling them, as many clinics have an emergency number that can be called outside of regular business hours.

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Mike Morgan
Mike Morgan

Mike Morgan is a health enthusiast and has written several health articles for various health magazines.

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