Dental emergencies are usually toothache or accidents that involve the teeth or mouth, bleeding, swelling, and infections. Whenever there is a dental emergency, it is better to seek the dentist to save the tooth or teeth and to prevent infections occurring or to become more serious.
What are the common dental emergencies reported?
The common dental emergencies that usually reported are as follows:
- Unbearable toothache
- The tooth that knocks out
- Cracked, fractured and chipped teeth
- Bitten cheeks or lips
- Swelling or abscesses
- Dental trauma
- Pain in the jaw
- Inflammation and infection
- loose or broken fillings
- lost or dislodged crowns
What are the home remedies for dental emergencies, until you seek a dentist?
For knocked-out tooth:
- If the tooth is not broken, then place it back in the place.
- But if it is broken, try holding it between gums and cheek or place it in a cold glass of milk.
For swollen face:
- Apply ice to the swollen part of the face.
- Just seek dental treatment as soon as possible.
For an abscess:
- Do not pop an abscess.
- It won’t heal itself, so it would be better to visit the dentist.
For cracked, fractured and chipped teeth:
- If the chip or fracture is very little, and there isn’t any soft tissue trauma or pain, then don’t panic. A dentist can fix it.
- But if the chip, fracture, or crack is severe, then get it treated as soon as possible.
To make jaw pain less severe for a little while:
- Apply a cold compress.
- Take anti-inflammatory medications suggested by a dentist.
For bitten lips or cheeks
- Treat it, with a warm, saltwater mouth that promotes healing
- If there’s an infection occurring in the affected area, go to the dentist.
What should you do to avoid a dental emergency?
It is better if you get rid of your dental problems as soon as possible. Issues like fractured teeth get worse over time leading to infections if left untreated. The foremost thing to be kept in mind is that you can avoid dental emergencies by maintaining your teeth and gums, by:
- Regular brushing and Flossing.
- Get regularly checked by your dentist.
- Use protection like mouth guards to avoid getting injured while playing or being involved in hard activities.
- Do not chew on hard items like hard candies or ice.
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