Dental emergencies are never a welcomed surprise and can happen to even the best of us. When experiencing a dental emergency, reach out to us immediately. The quicker you get to a dentist, the less pain you will have to endure and the easier it would be to treat the injury/condition.
Dental emergencies can either be caused due to injuries to the mouth or an underlying infection/cavity that had remained dormant for a long time. Be it a cracked tooth, dislocated jaws, bleeding gums or sudden pain in a tooth, we attend to all types of dental emergencies.
What are some of the common oral emergencies?
Avulsed tooth: Sometimes, a strong blow to the mouth could knock a tooth completely out of its socket. If this occurs:
- Locate the tooth and pick it up by the crown (the white part). Avoid touching the root.
- If the tooth is dirty, wash it for 10 seconds under cold running water and reposition it into the socket. Try to encourage the patient/parent to replant the tooth. Bite on a clean napkin or rolled gauze to hold it in position.
- If re-insertion of the tooth is not possible, place the tooth in a suitable storage solution, ideally Hanks Balanced Storage Solution (HBSS). If HBSS is not available, place the tooth in a glass of milk or saline. Saliva is also a suitable medium. It is advisable to get the patient to spit in a container and place the tooth in it. Avoid storage in water!
Seek emergency dental treatment immediately.
- Cracked or chipped tooth: A fractured tooth can be very painful as the nerves and blood vessels within the tooth would be affected due to the trauma. In other cases, the tooth may break right at the gums, leaving the root in the gums. This can cause severe pain, swelling, and bleeding. Do your best to cover the wound with a cotton gauze and visit our office as soon as possible.
- Dormant cavities/infections: Usually cavities don’t hurt. When they do, this is an indication that it has progressed to the nerve of the tooth, causing throbbing pain and likely necessitating root canal treatment.
- Sports injuries: When a sports equipment strikes a person in the mouth, or when they fall on their face, they may suffer an injury to the teeth, gums or the soft inner lining tissues of the mouth. It can cause bleeding, swelling or even cracked teeth.
Reach out to us when there is a dental emergency and we’ll make sure you get the best treatment as quickly as possible. Call our dental office at 408-227-0910!