Dental emergencies come in all ‘shapes and sizes. Some dental emergencies are more visible than others, some require more serious attention, and some may be more painful than others. Whichever it may be, all emergencies should be properly addressed by your dentist. Unaddressed dental emergencies can lead to major health issues if left untreated. Here is what you need to do if you are experiencing a dental emergency.
Different Kinds of Dental Emergencies
A dental emergency is anything that would require a trip to the dentist outside of your normal check-up appointments. Any of the following may constitute a dental emergency:
A severe toothache may be nothing more than undue sensitivity, but it could be as serious as infection and decay.
Cracked or chipped tooth
Whether you cracked your tooth while chewing food or it was an external cause, a cracked or chipped tooth can be quite painful, and if not addressed quickly, can cause tooth loss.
Lost adult tooth
Losing a tooth may be fun as a kid but not preferable as an adult. In this incident, reach your dentist as soon as possible but be sure to call ahead to maximize the chance of reattaching.
Abscess teeth are very serious. They are caused by bacteria and can lead to problems within the bloodstream if not addressed in a timely matter.
Mouth or gum bleeding
Profuse mouth bleeding, especially when brushing your teeth, is a sign of gingivitis and should be looked at by your dentist. A physical impact on the oral cavity can also cause bleeding, which should be assessed by your dentist as soon as possible.
A broken bracket, wire, or lost band can be painful but will cause issues with the orthodontia if not fixed.
Lost cavity filling
Losing a filling or even a crown can be a painful and frustrating experience, you can get food stuck in the crater and it will cause issues sooner rather than later.
Lost veneers/dentures/implant/dental bridge
Lost veneers, dentures, implants, or dental bridges are a nightmare for tooth sensitivity and even aesthetics. These problems can be fixed quickly with trips to the dentist to avoid further issues.
When to go to the Hospital
Go to the hospital if there is an extreme amount of bleeding, you are in excruciating pain, or if there is no dentist open. Emergency room doctors may be able to help minimize further damage or solve the issue altogether. Losing adult teeth, soft tissue mouth injuries, and extreme toothaches are all reasons to go to the emergency room.
When to go to the Dentist
Dentists are usually quite accommodating to dental emergencies. The dentists at Kingsville Family Dental are available to take your call for your dental emergency. If you are wondering what constitutes a dental emergency, just call and we can advise you on what to do!