To Tell The Tooth: How To Determine Whether You Have A Dental Emergency

21 May 2017
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

There is no doubt that experiencing pain in your mouth can do more than dampen your day. People who experience tooth pain at any length may soon lose weight and even face nutritional deficiencies. If you are experiencing dental pain, you might not yet realize that you have an emergency on your hands. In this guide, you will read about which dental issues you should consider emergencies and which can be handled at a later time.

Scenario: Your tooth has been knocked out.

Yes, this is a dental emergency. You need to get to the dentist's office with the tooth stored in a container, possibly with milk. The dentist may be able to restore the tooth.

Scenario: You feel your tooth loosen.

If you suddenly have a loose tooth, you probably do have a dental emergency situation. You should call your dentist immediately to set up an appointment. In the meantime, do not mess with the loose tooth or make any attempt to pull it out.

Scenario: You have chipped your tooth.

If you have chipped your tooth but it does not hurt, this is not typically considered cause for an emergency appointment. It is still important to call your dentist though. In the meantime, try to avoid chewing with it.

At the same time, you should make sure that the tooth is not actually cracked. A crack is considered a dental emergency for which you should see your dentist right away.

Scenario: Your temporary crown has popped off.

If you had a crown pop out of place, this is not generally an emergency. Schedule an appointment for the near future. You may be able to place the crown back into the socket in the meantime.

Scenario: You are in intense pain.

If your teeth hurt beyond what an over-the-counter pain reliever can assist you with, you need to see your dentist right away. This pain needs to be assessed to determine what is causing it and what your dentist can do to ease it.

Scenario: You have been involved in a sports injury.

If your mouth hurts or you feel something out of place in your mouth after a sports injury, you do have an emergency situation on your hands. Get an appointment immediately.

Of course, none of this advice should be considered more important than speaking with your dentist. If you have major concerns about your teeth, you should call your dentist or Family First Dentistry LLC as quickly as possible.