Emergency Dentistry can help address some urgent dental issues that need immediate attention. A dental emergency refers to problems that affect your teeth and supporting tissues in the mouth and need to be treated professionally. Dental emergencies help treat extreme pain and cosmetic concerns that can change the appearance. Sometimes a dental emergency can be serious if you are involved in some mishap or accident causing tooth damage.
What are some common problems which require emergency care?
Though the exact meaning of a dental emergency may vary from patient to patient, the following may be considered issues needing immediate attention.
- Toothaches:Some people may not be good at bearing extreme toothaches. It affects your ability to eat and do regular activities. Home remedies can be tried like rinsing your mouth with warm water or applying a cold compress to reduce the mouth's swelling. If the pain persists, avail emergency care immediately.
- Dental Trauma:If you have been involved in an accident or injured during a sporting activity and have received injuries to the dental structures, seek emergency dental care. Consult a dentist straight away if there is any visible cracking, chipping, or bleeding of the teeth.
- Broken Brace Wires: In case you are wearing braces, if a wire breaks or sticks out of a bracket and is hurting the cheek or tongue, it may need the help of a dentist to fix it.
- Abscess: The abscesses are infections around the tooth's root or in the space between the teeth and gums. It is a serious condition that can cause damage to the bone tissue and surrounding teeth. If the infection is not treated, it will spread to the other parts of the body. Consult your dentist as soon as possible.
- Lost or Broken Restoration:When a crown, filling, or any other dental device comes loose or is lost, it is considered a dental emergency. It needs to be attended to once to avoid further damage to the tooth's structure or a dental appliance.
How can we avoid dental emergencies?
Many dental emergencies can be avoided by following some simple rules such as:
- If you have dental devices such as crowns, fillings, and implants fixed in your mouth, avoid eating hard and crunchy foods. Though the devices may restore the mouth's normal functioning, they still may not be as strong as your natural teeth.
- While your teeth are strong and sturdy, they may still break or chip easily. So do not use your teeth to cut or tear things to avoid any damage to the teeth.
- Several dental emergencies occur due to sport-related accidents. Athletes can wear a mouthguard for caution before taking part in sports activities. A mouthguard will help protect a person from being hit by a ball or an elbow. It also safeguards your tooth from cracking or breaking while you are playing. A mouthguard can be custom-made to suit your needs.
- Practice good oral hygiene as it leads to healthier and stronger teeth. Use a good toothpaste recommended by your dentist.
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