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Types of Emergencies

Some of the most common dental emergencies are toothaches and teeth being knocked out. Knowing some simple facts and tips would help you know what to do in those cases as well as differentiate between a minor inconvenience and a costly procedure. Here are some that you can look for and prevent an emergency:

Swelling: The swelling of your lips, gums, tongue, or other areas of your mouth could lead to severe consequences. Sometimes it could be caused by food particles getting stuck in between your teeth or between your teeth and gums. In some other cases, the swelling could be due to infections and possible oral cancer which early detection and examination by your dentist is important in avoiding later complications.

Pain: There are a number of pain medication which you can use to make the pain go away. However, you should always consider the cause of the paint and have it checked by your dentist as soon as possible. Whenever you feel pain, it is your body telling you that there is something wrong before it becomes a major problem. Pain may sometimes be due to an oral infection which could be a life-threatening condition and eventually spread to other parts of your body.

Knocked Out Teeth: The most common dental emergency is a tooth that has been knocked out. Many times, those teeth may be saved and even replaced by a dentist. It is important that you do not delay in contacting your dentist when your tooth is knocked out because time is crucial in getting it replaced and keeping it healthy. A longer wait time would decrease the chance of the tooth being saved.

**Preventive: There are different lifestyles that can put you at risk for potential dental emergencies, and understanding the facts and treatments beforehand could help you be prepared for when it does happen. If you play sports, such as football or boxing, always wear protective guards for your mouth. Additionally, simple daily activities could also cause an emergency. Some activities such as chewing ice, or using your teeth to open packaging should be avoided.

Temporary Treatment

You can start treatment for dental emergencies before you arrive at the dental office. The following are general precautions and actions to help manage common complications:

Bleeding: You should go to the hospital immediately if you have excessive bleeding, significant swelling, or if you suspect that you have broken your jaw.

Tooth Lost: Keep the area in and around the tooth and socket clean and free of debris and dirt by rinsing with warm water. In addition, put tooth in milk until you come in to see your dentist.

Swelling: Apply cold compresses to control and reduce the swelling.

***In all cases of emergencies, your dentist would need to examine your teeth and gums to determine the issue. Your dentist would also ask you questions regarding the incident that caused the problem as well as query information about your medical history. Only then can your dentist determine the appropriate treatment method for the emergency.