Why Would I Need Emergency Dental Care?
Accidents are a common reason to seek emergency dental care. Your tooth may be saved in many cases when emergency care is received right away. Common reasons for emergency dental visits include:
- Moderate to severe toothache
- Sore or swollen gums or tooth
- A knocked-out tooth from a trauma or injury
- Chipped or cracked tooth following an injury or trauma
If you think your jaw is broken, you should visit your local emergency room as soon as possible.
What Do I Do with My Knocked Out Tooth?
If your tooth gets knocked out, there are important steps you can take to protect your oral health and your tooth. Handle the tooth carefully and hold the tooth by the top part (the crown) and not the root.
Rinse your tooth gently under running water and if you can, try to place your tooth back into position. Hold it in place using a piece of cloth or gauze.
If it’s too uncomfortable or painful to keep your tooth in the socket, place it in a container of milk or saliva to help preserve it while you seek prompt medical attention.
What Causes a Severe Toothache?
A severe toothache is another common reason for emergency dental visits. Toothache is usually caused by tooth decay and often begins without any symptoms. Over time, the pain can become severe and warrant prompt medical attention.
Bacterial plaque gradually accumulates on your teeth and produces an acid when it reacts with sugar in your foods and drinks. The acid dissolves and gradually softens your enamel. Your enamel is the harder outer layer covering the front surface of your teeth.
Without the right professional dental treatment, tooth decay can progress through to the deeper layers of your teeth. When tooth decay reaches the dentin — the layer of tooth below the enamel — most people experience pain, discomfort, and heightened tooth sensitivity.
Infections can happen when bacteria and decay reach the center pulp portion of your tooth. Your pulp is made up of sensitive nerves and blood vessels.
Some of the symptoms of tooth decay to look out for include:
- Red gums
- A discharge from the tooth
- Difficulty swallowing or breathing
If you have an untreated infection, tooth decay can become more serious and spread to other areas of your body. If you experience a moderate to severe toothache, it’s considered a dental emergency and should be treated as soon as possible to try to protect your teeth.
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