Many people walk to the doctor’s office out of their will. But emergencies are sometimes inevitable. Some oral health issues can be relieved through conventional measures as you wait to see your doctor, while others must be attended to immediately. The Midtown emergency dentistry specialists resp to oral health complications requiring immediate attention to prevent further damage. Prevention is better for improving your oral health, and knowing issues requiring immediate medical attention will help you avoid the situation becoming severe. Seek immediate care if you experience the following conditions.
Pain is always a sign that something is not right. However, some pain goes away on its own or through painkillers. Always seek emergency care for sudden and severe toothache. Also, seek emergency dental care when accompanied by other symptoms like swelling or when you do not know the cause of the pain. But do not attempt common home remedies without contacting your emergency dentist. Call your doctor for directions, like using a cold-press to wait for the care.
Broken or Chipped Teeth
A broken tooth can be painful as well as ruin your smile. Call your emergency dentist immediately before you try anything. Generally, rinse your mouth with warm water, use gauze to stop bleeding, and use a cold compress to minimize swelling and pain. If a piece of the tooth is broken off, you can locate it and ask your doctor how to store it as you get to the clinic. Some pieces can be restored if well preserved.
Your tooth can become completely knocked out of your mouth. You should handle a knocked-out tooth similarly as you would with a chipped or a broken tooth. You can save your tooth when you seek emergency care. Please pick up the tooth by the crown and rinse it with dirt. However, avoid removing or scrubbing any attached tissue fragments. It is possible to put the tooth back again, depending on the nature of your injury, but you have to contact emergency care. Your doctor might direct you to reinsert the tooth, but if you cannot, you can place it in a cup of water or milk until you get to the clinic.
Lost Crown or Filling
If you have received a filling or a crown to restore previously damaged teeth, they can break, requiring immediate care. You can try sticking a piece of sticking gum to the cavity but do not attempt to fix the tooth to avoid damaging it. Ensure you carefully store the tooth and take it to your emergency dentist. It might be restored, or you might be a candidate for a new crown.
Any infection around your mouth, mainly around your tooth root or in your gums, can be serious, needing immediate medical attention. The infection can spread to the surrounding gum tissues and teeth or even the rest of your body. If you have symptoms but are unsure of an abscess, pay attention to painful gums and pimple-like swollen spots.
Pain and Bleeding after an Extraction
Experiencing pain and bleeding is normal after an extraction, but it should be mild. When the pain and bleeding persist for over an hour, you should contact your doctor for an emergency appointment. Avoid sucking, rinsing, eating, drinking, smoking, and sucking.
If you need emergency dental care, reach out to Charles M. Marks, DDS & Dental Associates. Watch out for your symptoms and explain carefully to your provider to understand what you can do as you go to the clinic.