Accidents happen in everyone’s life. They are never planned and rarely anticipated. A dental emergency can also occur at any time but knowing what to do is essential. Like other medical emergencies, dental care also requires quick and high-quality dental care.
What is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is an issue involving the teeth and supporting tissue. It requires immediate treatment by the professional dentist.
What is considered Dental Emergency?
American Family Physician research reveals that about 22% of people experienced oral pain in the last six months. Not every dental situation should be considered an emergency. Dental emergencies are of various types. Common dental emergencies are:
- Broken or lost teeth
- Object caught between teeth
- Gum abscesses
- Broken Jaw
- Pupal abscesses
- Broken Denture
- Pain and swelling
- Pain on biting—related to infection or cracked teeth
- Dental Trauma (enamel fracture, dental crown, and root fracture, uncomplicated crown fracture, and complicated crown fracture)
How to Handle Dental Emergencies?
For any dental emergency call your family dentist and make an appointment right away. At the same time give temporary treatment at home to preserve the teeth and tissues. Here are some tips that help you to provide temporary treatment at home.
- If you have a severe toothache, Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the affected teeth and gently floss to remove debris. If pain persists, visit your orthodontist as soon as possible.
- If your tooth is broken, rinse your mouth with warm water and control swelling or bleeding with an icepack or gauze. Visit your dentist immediately.
- If your tooth is knocked out, gently placed the tooth back into the socket if possible. If it is not possible then tuck it in between the gum and cheek or put it in a milk container. Make an appointment with your dentist within one hour of an accident for a successful reattachment.
- If an object is caught in between your teeth, rinse your mouth with water and gently floss to remove the object but don’t use sharp instruments. If the object can`t be dislodged then visit your dentist for professional assistance.
- If you bite your tongue or lip, gently clean the area with warm water and use ice-pack. For severe injury consult with your doctor.
How can we avoid dental injuries?
80% of dental injuries affect one or more of your front teeth and 40% of these injuries occur while playing sports. In children, these injuries occur when they are learning to walk.
- Avoid chewing ice or hard candy.
- Avoid ripping or tearing objects (such as sealed packages and tape) with teeth.
- Wear a mouth guard or full-face helmet when participating in sports and high-impact activities.
- Visit the dentists for regular checkup and cleaning.
If you or your children do sustain tooth or mouth injuries, then ask your dentist for specific preventive measures.
If you need an emergency dentist in San Diego, contact our dental office today to get the same day or after hour appointment. Dr. Vinh is the best orthodontist in San Diego who provides comprehensive emergency dentistry services for patients of all ages.
Call us at (619)280-4861 and make an appointment now for any dental emergency. You can also simply walk into our office at 4205 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA 92105 for careful evaluation and proper treatment. At Orange Family Dentistry, we will take care of you and provide you immediate assistance to get you back on the path to healing.