A dental emergency can strike at any time and does not care about your schedule. They can happen any hour of the day, and while many of our patients know to pick up the phone and give us a call during normal business hours, many more of you may be confused about what exactly constitutes a dental emergency if something happens in the middle of the night.
Knowing the difference between a dental emergency and what is not a dental emergency can help you receive prompt care for something that requires urgent treatment. We here at Tieken Smiles Dentistry want to help you better understand dental emergencies so you can get the treatment that you need that can help save your tooth and your health.
What Are Some Examples of Dental Emergencies?
Dental emergencies can happen suddenly, or they can start small and slowly build up until you have a crisis on your hands (and in your mouth!). Being able to identify a dental emergency properly can make all the difference in not only preventing permanent tooth loss, but an untreated dental emergency can also put your life in danger. Acting quickly can save both your tooth and your life.
What counts as a dental emergency?
One of the major things that you should look for is the presence of blood in your mouth. Most of the time, blood does accompany emergencies. A big dental emergency occurs when you lose a tooth. This can happen from playing sports, falling and landing on something that can dislodge your tooth, or even biting down on something hard. If you lose a tooth, you need to act fast.
You usually have less than half an hour to get to our office before you risk losing that tooth forever. If a tooth falls out, try to gently place it back into the socket without touching the tooth root. If you have to rinse it off, do so carefully and do not scrub it. If you cannot place it back in your mouth, place it in a glass of milk or some of your saliva and head over to our office right away.
Another type of dental emergency occurs when you break a tooth. Rinse your mouth out with warm water, but do not swish aggressively, as that can make it worse. Place a cold compress against your face to help reduce swelling. If you are in pain, resist the urge to use a numbing gel in your mouth, as your gums are very vulnerable at this time. Head over to our office right away so we can work on saving your tooth. Please note that if you have only mildly chipped your tooth and are not experiencing any pain, you may be able to wait until normal appointment hours to have us take a look at it.
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A dental abscess is an emergency. These form at the site of a deep infection and signs that you have one include a pocket of pus on your gums by the tooth, a swollen face, a fever, a severe toothache, and temperature sensitivity. Due to the location of your teeth to your brain, we need to quickly get started on treatment for an abscess as it can be life-threatening in a very short amount of time.
If you suspect that you have a dental emergency, you cannot delay calling us here at Tieken Smiles Dentistry at (281) 942-0444. Not only can we help save your tooth, but we may also save your life.