What is a Dental Emergency and Why Emergency Dental Care is Important
If you break your arm or cut your finger, you know that it’s time to go to the emergency room. But what happens if you have a dental emergency and what qualifies as one? While an emergency room trip may still be needed, it’s important to know if you should call us for emergency dental services. Many types of dental issues can usually be solved with a quick trip to our office.
What’s a Dental Emergency for Your Dentist?
- Toothache: Toothaches are fairly common issues that can be caused by a multitude of issues – usually pulp infections or something stuck in-between two teeth. However, it’s important to discover the cause of the toothache early on and get it fixed before any further problems can be developed.
- Chips/Cracks: Sometimes we bite down on something hard and chip our tooth, or we crack it when we clench our jaw. Whatever the reason, it’s important to see your emergency dentist ASAP. If you can, preserve the chips in milk or water and bring them with you to your emergency appointment.
- Lost Crowns: If your crown has dropped out of your mouth, call your dentist for an appointment as soon as possible. If you still have the crown, keep it in a cool, safe place as there is a possibility your dentist can reinsert it. You can apply clove oil to the missing tooth area to help alleviate pain.
- Loosened Teeth/Tooth Knocked Out: If you’ve experienced any trauma or decay to the mouth and have a loose tooth because of it, you might be able to save the tooth. If the tooth is loose, but still attached in the mouth to blood vessels and nerves, chances are high that root canal therapy won’t be needed. If your tooth has completely come out of the mouth, there is a possibility of reattachment within the hour. Call your dentist immediately for an emergency appointment. You can use a cold compress and over-the-counter pain medication to help relieve any pain before your appointment.
Importance of Calling Your Dentist for Emergencies
Although oral pain and trauma may not seem like a huge deal, it cannot be ignored. Small problems can escalate and cause more pain in the future, so seeing your dentist for any emergency treatment is imperative. If you’re unsure if you’re dealing with a dental emergency, please contact us. However, a good rule of thumb is – if it hurts, then it’s an emergency.
York Hill Endodontics Can Get You OUT of Pain!!
At York Hill Endodontics we are prepared to assist our patients when a dental emergency occurs. Get in touch with the office by calling 416-781-5251 or clicking here!
Article originally appeared at: https://gpsdentalsa.com/
Author: Genny Skrobanek