Emergencies are stressful, traumatic, often painful, and scary for everyone involved – no matter how old or young you are. Dental emergencies are no exception to any of these characteristic. As with all emergency situations, having prior knowledge for how to handle the situation properly before they actually occur gives you the best chance of handling an emergency properly and achieving a successful outcome.
One of the most feared dental emergencies is a knocked out tooth. For children, this can be scary and painful; for adults, this can be scary, painful, and traumatic since it will have happened to a permanent tooth – and permanent teeth are not naturally replaced. If a permanent tooth receives damage or injury, significant intervention will be necessary in hopes of saving your tooth. All teeth are connected to their lifeline by the roots which supply them with blood. If a tooth is knocked out of its socket, this lifeline has been severed and the tooth will begin to die almost immediately. If you have suffered a knocked out tooth, the best thing to do is to gently place it back in its socket in hopes of it reconnecting itself to some of the roots. If placing the tooth back in its socket is not doable, keep the tooth moist in a small amount of milk or your saliva. With any injury to a permanent tooth, it is imperative that you see your dentist immediately. The success rate of saving a tooth that has been knocked out is dependent on how quickly intervention can be given.
There are other types of dental emergencies that people often do not characterize as dental emergencies. In fact, is it these that tend to get people in a whole heap of trouble simply because they try to ignore them. The most important thing to know about oral health issues is that almost all of them will only get worse over time – they will not resolve themselves. Whether you realize it or not, the following require attention from your dentist as quickly as possible:
• A cracked or broken tooth
• A damaged dental bridge or crown
• A lost filling
• An infection or abscess around a tooth
• An injured jaw
• Dental bleeding
• Knocked out tooth
• Swelling inside the mouth
• Tooth pain
• Tooth sensitivity
Contact South Texas Dental immediately for all of your dental emergencies.
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