Dental Emergencies

Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can be quite frightening and often painful. Prompt treatment is almost always required to alleviate pain and to ensure the teeth have the best possible chance of survival. Sometimes teeth become fractured by trauma, grinding or biting on hard objects. In other cases, fillings, crowns and other restorative devices can be damaged or fall out of the mouth completely. If there is severe pain, it is essential to make an appointment with the dentist as quickly as possible. The pain caused by dental emergencies almost always gets worse without treatment, and dental issues can seriously jeopardize physical health.

Here are some of the most common dental emergencies in Leamington we treat.

A Toothache

A toothache can mean there are a variety of different dental problems at work. Sometimes, there’s a pulp infection and other situations point to something stuck between your teeth. If the pain is suddenly getting worse or intense, it’s best to see an emergency dentist.

A Knocked Out Tooth

An accidental fall or a blow to the jaw can knock a tooth completely out. If you can find it, try putting it back in its socket temporarily until you can see an emergency dentist. Don’t hold the tooth by the root. If you can’t put it back, place the tooth and some water to keep it moist.

A Tissue Injury

The tongue, cheeks, gums and lips are all soft tissues around your mouth. Rinse punctures, lacerations and tears with warm water and then apply pressure to stop bleeding.

Cracked or Chipped Teeth

These injuries can occur if you play contact sports without the proper mouth guards. Home accidents and work-related injuries also result in chipped or cracked teeth from time to time. However this kind of accident happens, it warrants a trip to an emergency dentist.

Collecting any tooth fragments is a good idea. They should be rinsed off and then preserved in a glass of water or milk.

We see a variety of different dental emergencies in Leamington but most of them involve some kind of dental trauma. Children are affected more than adults. Research points out a full one-third of five-year-old children suffer some kind of injury to their primary teeth.

Some children don’t have the vocabulary to tell their parents when there’s an issue. If your child is rubbing their cheeks or jawline, they could have a tooth infection or cracked tooth.

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