Common Emergencies Seen in Dental Clinics
Dental emergencies are serious and should not be ignored. Injuries or pain in the teeth or mouth are indicators that something is wrong and should be treated right away. Most dentists would see patients with dental emergency right away even if they don’t have an appointment. Failure to get immediate treatment of the dental emergency can increase the risk of permanent dental problems and might lead to more treatments in the future. Below are common dental emergencies that are seen in dental offices.
Pain or Swelling
One of the most common dental emergencies is severe tooth pain. Most of the time, it is accompanied with fever and swelling due to an infection. Other types of pain that are considered dental emergencies are pain while chewing and jaw pain. An indication of an infection is pus draining from the infected area.
If you can’t see a dentist right away, you can treat the pain by rinsing the mouth with warm water. Then use dental floss to remove any debris that is stuck between the teeth. If it is swollen, apply cold compress on the cheek or outside the mouth.
Tooth Knocked Out or Broken
Another common dental emergency is chipped teeth or knocked out. If you broke your tooth, you should save the pieces. Then apply gauze to the area to stop the bleeding. If the gum is swelling then use cold compress to keep it down and relieve the pain as well.
If the tooth was knocked out completely, wash it with water without removing any tissue attached to it. Then try to put it back in place. If you can’t put it back, place the tooth in mixture of milk or water with salt. Then try to go to the dentist quickly. A tooth that was put back by a dentist within an hour has a chance that it will survive.
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