Misconceptions about Emergency Dental Situations

Have you ever wondered if you should call your dentist because you think you are suffering from a “dental emergency“? While these types of emergencies are not life threatening to you; they can be to your tooth. Saving as many of your natural teeth as possible is important to your dental structure, and to keep your mouth in good health. The following situations would be considered “dental emergencies” and it is recommended you call your dentist as soon as possible if you suffer any of the symptoms:

* Partially Knocked Out Tooth

You need to see your dentist immediately if you have partially knocked out one of your teeth. Your tooth has a good chance of being saved and the faster you get to your dentist; the better chance of saving it will be.

* Knocked Out Tooth

You should see an emergency dentist if any of your teeth have been knocked out. Dental replacements are done for over five million adults and children each year that had one of their teeth knocked out; so while it is common, it is still an emergency situation. Take the tooth and rinse it with cold water by holding onto to the root. Do not scrub it or take any tissue off that may still be clinging to the tooth. Reinsert it back into the socket if possible, if not place it in a container of milk until you get to the dentist. The best chance to replant the tooth occurs within an hour of losing it, so an emergency dentist can help to save your tooth.

* Chipped Tooth

If you chip one of your teeth, rinse your mouth with warm water to remove any broken pieces. If it has caused you to bleed, place a piece of gauze to the area until it stops. Should swelling occur or if there is any pain, apply a cold compress to the outside area of your mouth where chip occurred. See an emergency dentist as soon as possible.

* Partially Dislodged Tooth

See your dentist immediately if you have partially dislodged one of your teeth. Apply a cold compress to outside of mouth while on your way to the office and use only over the counter pain reliever until you see your dentist.

* Toothache

The first thing to try when suffering a toothache is rinsing your mouth with warm water. If you think there is food lodged in a tooth, use dental floss to remove it. See your dentist as soon as possible, especially if you have swelling.

* Other Issues to See Dentist Right Away

These are a few other tooth related issues where you should see your dentist as soon as possible; an object lodged in tooth you cannot remove, lost a filling or crown, broke a brace or wire, loose bracket or band or an abscess tooth. Dental emergencies when you should head to a hospital or call 911 can occur at any time and require different care depending on injury.

A dental emergency requiring full medical attention at a hospital would be:

* Jaw fracture

* Jaw dislocation

* Lacerations of the soft tissue in the mouth or on the face

* Infection or abscess that has become swollen to the point it is impacting your breathing or swallowing.


If a dental emergency occurs and your dentist is not available you should go the nearest health care facility to you. They may not be able to correct the dental issue, but may be able to help you deal with any pain you are suffering until your dentist is available.



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