Types of Dental Emergencies

Types of Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies are generally defined as being severe enough to require immediate care.

Your teeth are incredibly strong, but they are still vulnerable to injury, infection, and decay, and when damaged, your teeth can suffer great pain.

Some common dental emergencies include:

Tooth Pain

Emergency dentistry focuses on relieving pain as quickly as possible.

Broken or Chipped Teeth

Sometimes accidents happen, and we need to know right away if you’ve broken or chipped a tooth. It can be tempting to try and deal with the pain yourself, but it’s important to contact us right away. That’s because the longer you wait, the more likely it is you could lose the tooth. If that happens, Dr. Patel will need to focus on saving the tooth. If that’s not possible, she may discuss options for replacement, including dental implants.

Knocked-out Teeth

A knocked-out tooth can be painful and frightening, but quick action can increase your chances of a full smile.

Right after a tooth is knocked out, gently rinse off the tooth with water. Don’t scrub or remove any attached tissue. Then, try to replace the tooth back in the socket if you can. If you can’t replace the tooth, place the tooth in a container of milk or salt water to keep it moist.

Objects Caught Between Teeth

A tooth that is completely knocked out of its socket can be put back in place by a dentist. However, the sooner a patient gets to see a dentist after a tooth is knocked out, the better. When a tooth is knocked out, the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue are at risk for damage.

If the dentist is able to put the tooth back into its socket quickly, there is a greater chance of survival for the inner structures of the tooth. The tooth will need to be stabilized with a splint while it heals, and the patient may need to come in for a follow-up appointment.

Tooth Abscess

An abscess is a serious infection that can occur inside the tooth, in the gums, or in the bone. The infection occurs when bacteria multiply and causes damage to the tooth. An abscess can be life-threatening if it is left untreated. An abscess can be very painful, and it is often accompanied by swelling in the mouth, fever, and bad breath.

An abscessed tooth requires immediate treatment from a dentist. The dentist will clean the infection out of the tooth, and they may choose to prescribe antibiotics to help fight the infection. In some cases, the dentist may perform a root canal to remove the infected tooth.

Jaw Fractures

A cracked or broken tooth should be treated as soon as possible. If you or your child experiences any sort of tooth injury, contact your dentist immediately. Emergency dental care is available for jaw fractures and other oral injuries.

Oral Infections

Oral infections can be very painful, so it’s important to seek treatment right away. If you have a tooth that’s infected, it most likely has a cavity. A cavity is a hole in the tooth caused by tooth decay. Cavities can be filled in a few different ways, including with a composite resin filling, an inlay, or an onlay.

Vosh Dental is equipped with the best dentists and modern amenities that enable the best treatment for the patients. To learn more about our dental emergencies, visit our office at 4541 HERITAGE TRACE PARKWAY SUITE #1301 FORT WORTH, TX 76244. You can also reach us at (817) 203-1561 and schedule an appointment.

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