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The Top Dental Emergencies and How to Handle Them: A Guide for Patients

Dental emergencies can be incredibly stressful and sometimes even painful, and it’s important to know how to handle them to get the best possible care. This blog post aims to provide an overview of the most common dental emergencies and offer advice on handling them. From lost fillings to broken teeth, learn about the top dental emergencies and how to address them to get the relief you need.

Chipped, Broken, or Fractured Tooth

A chipped, broken, or fractured tooth can happen for various reasons, including accidents, falls, and sports injuries. It can result in pain, sensitivity, and difficulty eating or drinking. If you have a chipped, broken, or fractured tooth, it’s important to take action immediately.

In order to reduce swelling and ease pain, first rinse your mouth with warm water. Then apply a cold compress to the affected area. Taking pain relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen can also help treat the pain.
Sometimes, a root canal may be necessary if the tooth’s nerve has been damaged. Your dentist will work with you to determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs.

Knocked Out Tooth

A knocked-out tooth is a serious dental emergency requiring immediate attention. If a tooth has been knocked out, acting quickly to save it is important. The longer the tooth is out of the mouth, the less chance there is of it being saved.

Here are the steps you should follow if you’ve had a tooth knocked out:

1. Find the tooth: The first step is to find the tooth. Make sure to pick it up by the crown (the top part) and avoid touching the root.
2. Rinse the tooth: Gently rinse the tooth with water. Be careful not to scrub or touch the root.
3. Reinsert the tooth: If possible, try to reinsert the tooth into the socket. Hold the tooth in place by gently biting a gauze or cloth.
4. Keep the tooth moist: If you’re unable to reinsert the tooth, keep it moist by placing it in a container of milk or saliva.
5. See a dentist immediately: Time is of the essence when it comes to a knocked-out tooth. You should see a dentist immediately, ideally within 30 minutes of the injury.

If the tooth cannot be saved, your dentist may recommend a dental implant or bridge to replace the missing tooth.

Remember, the best way to prevent a knocked-out tooth is to wear a mouthguard when playing sports or engaging in any activities that could result in a dental injury.

Abscessed Tooth

An abscessed tooth occurs when there is a bacterial infection in the pulp of the tooth, which can cause a painful buildup of pus. 

Symptoms of an abscessed tooth may include severe pain, swelling, redness, a bad taste in your mouth, and fever. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your dentist immediately.

In the meantime, you can manage the pain by taking over-the-counter pain medication and using a warm compress on the affected area. It is important to avoid putting any pressure on the abscessed tooth or biting down on hard foods.

Your dentist may recommend a root canal to remove the infected pulp and save the tooth; in severe cases, the tooth may need to be extracted. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to help fight the infection.

Final Thoughts

At Chestermere Smiles Dental, we understand that dental emergencies can be frightening and painful.
Being aware of common dental emergencies and taking proactive steps can minimize pain and damage to your teeth and mouth. Remember to prioritize your dental health and don’t hesitate to seek help when needed. At Chestermere Smiles Dental, our team is always here to provide compassionate and effective emergency dental care.

Dr. Pandya

Dr. Pandya

Relationships – We care about you. We believe relationships take time………and good, honest communication. Our team commits to taking the time necessary to get to know YOU, LISTEN to your concerns and provide valuable EDUCATION so you can make an INFORMED DECISION about your oral health.