As everyone knows, toothaches and any sort of oral injury can be extremely painful. Dental emergencies should be seen immediately by a dentist, day or night. These emergencies include damaged teeth, teeth that’ve been knocked out, or teeth that have been forced out of the socket. With some emergencies, the cheeks, lips, or gums will have cuts or erosions on them from where the teeth come out of the socket.
If you have had a tooth knocked out, the very first thing you should do is look for that tooth. When you have found the tooth, carefully scrub it to get rid of any dirt or waste. Once you have cleaned it, you should place it back in your mouth between the cheek and gums. Whatever you do, you should never try and put it back in the socket. If you can make it to the dentist in time, he may be able to put the tooth back.
If you’ve had a tooth come loose, you can normally reposition it with your fingers. You shouldn’t use a lot of force, just because it could damage the tooth. You shouldn’t force the tooth into place. You can use a damp tissue to hold the tooth in place, until you can get to a dentist.
If you have a broken tooth, the treatment will rely upon how bad the tooth has been broken. Regardless of how light the fracture might be it’s highly important you get to a dentist as quickly as possible. Minor splinters are not that bad, as they can typically be smoothed out. Sometimes, the tooth may also be revived with a composite. Either way, you’ll need to make sure that you are very careful for the next few days.
The more moderate fractures, normally include damage to the dentin, pulp, and even the enamel. Providing the pulp has not been damaged, your dentist will be able to restore the full shape and function to the broken tooth. In situations where pulp damage has happened, the dentist may need to do a root canal or other kind of major surgery to patch up the tooth.
If you encounter a dental emergency, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact a dentist immediately. Your dentist will be able to assist you, solve the problem, and stop the pain. Dental emergencies can occur at any time, so you should have the emergency number of a dentist who will be there at a moment’s notice. Tooth discomfort can be really distressing – and you will want to get the tooth fixed as soon as possible!