Dental emergencies are an unfortunate part of life, and when they occur, it is important to seek emergency dental care as soon as possible.
An avulsed (knocked-out) adult tooth requires immediate attention. You will improve the chance of successful replantation if you do not touch the root. Rinse the tooth off gently with water and if possible, place it back in the socket. If you can’t put it back, tuck the avulsed tooth between the gum and cheek, or store it in a container of milk. Seek emergency dental treatment at Kay's Dental clinic immediately.
If a tooth becomes loose or is shifted out of position, seek emergency dental treatment within six hours. Go to the nearest ER immediately if there is uncontrollable bleeding. For cracked or chipped teeth, locate any fallen pieces and bring them with you when you visit your emergency dentist.
The most common cause of acute or persistent tooth pain is decay that has spread to the inner tooth structure. Infection can spread to many parts of the tooth, to surrounding teeth and gum tissue. This type of pain may indicate the need for endodontic treatment. In other cases, pain is caused by tooth sensitivity or a loose or damaged dental restoration.
Soft tissue infections and injuries also require emergency dental treatment. The tongue, gums, lips and inner cheek lining can be damaged by falls, scalding liquids, hard bites, and sports injuries. Also, objects can become lodged below the gum line. This can be very painful and result in the formation of an abscess (pus-filled sac). An abscess caused by periodontal disease or other infection can be very painful and must be examined by a emergency dentist.
Discomfort is common in the early stages of orthodontal treatment. Fortunately, there are few genuine orthodontic emergencies. When problems occur, they usually involve injury or trauma to the face, mouth or teeth. Unmanageable pain, swelling or infection of the mouth or face considered legitimate orthodontic emergencies. Get to an emergency walk-in dentist as soon as possible if you experience any of these symptoms.