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Why would I require a dentist in an emergency?

Sep 8

There are several situations in which a dentist may be necessary immediately. For instance, you may need to see a dentist right away if you have a toothache that is proving to be extremely painful or if you have an infection that is producing swelling in your mouth. To ease pain and discomfort, you could also occasionally need to have a tooth pulled or have other dental care. In order to prevent future troubles, you must consult a dentist as soon as you notice any of these issues.


What Quick Treatments Are Available for Dental Emergencies?


The most typical dental emergencies are listed below, along with what to do in each case, including when to call the dentist.

  • Cracked or Broken Tooth: If your tooth is fractured, you should: Rinse your mouth with warm water after eating.

Use an ice pack to reduce swelling

  • Knocked-Out Teeth If a tooth has been knocked out:

Only touch the crown; avoid touching the root

Try to reinstall it in the socket if at all possible.

Or place it between your cheek and a piece of gum or a milk bottle.

To stop bleeding, apply a cool, damp compress.

  • Tooth, Teeth, or Jaw Pain: Your discomfort may be brought on by:

Infection-related symptoms such as swelling, fever, sour taste in the mouth, or swallowing issues

A dental abscess that hurts the pulp canal may require treatment with antibiotics drainage.

  • Bleeding or Aching Gums: Excessive and persistent bleeding, as well as aching gums, are signs of periodontal disease and call for:

Treatment to maintain healthy gums, teeth, tissue, and bones

Depending on the severity, the treatment will change.

 If your lip or tongue has been severely bit or cut, you have a soft tissue injury.

Use water to gently clean the area.

Use a cold compress to stop bleeding.

If you have any unpleasant bites or scratches that need to be stitched up, see a doctor.


How to Proceed If You Need Urgent Dental Care?

If you notice any of the aforementioned signs of a dental emergency, call your dentist's office right away. If you get their voicemail, they'll probably leave you with an emergency phone number or instructions. Send an email with a thorough description of your symptoms. Emergency situations are often handled as fast as feasible. Appoint your nearest emergency department, though, so they can treat your pain and discomfort and decide whether a dental visit is required if the pain and discomfort continue and you need to see a doctor.


You might not be able to visit your dentist right away in some circumstances, so you could have to handle the issue on your own. For example, if you have a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water and floss around the tooth to remove any food or debris that might be causing the pain. You can also take over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen to help reduce inflammation and pain. If you have a cracked tooth, avoid eating or drinking until you can see your dentist so you don't further damage the tooth. 


To lessen swelling, you can also gargle with warm water and apply a cold compress to the outside of your face. If at all feasible, try to put a knocked-out tooth back into its socket. Put the tooth in milk or between your cheek and gum if that isn't an option. Then schedule a quick appointment with your dentist.


When Should I See a Dentist?

You need to visit a dentist as soon as possible if you're in any pain or discomfort related to your teeth. They'll be able to identify the root of the issue and offer you the proper course of action. Dental care should be sought as soon as possible since untreated tooth problems can become more serious.


You always face curveballs in life. And occasionally, those curveballs might occur during a dental emergency. While some may need dental care right away, others may only need a few slow, deep breaths. Knowing whether to go to the emergency department or your dentist in the event of an emergency is important. The optimal course of action for you will depend on your symptoms and the severity of your problems.


At River District Smiles Dentistry, we go above and beyond to ensure that each of our patients receives the emergency dental care they need in the event of an accident or emergency. In a relaxing setting, our kind professionals gladly provide the most recent dental technology, procedures, and supplies. Therefore, come see us right away if you or your child has a dental emergency or give us a call.