Dental emergencies often come as a shock to us and, frankly, we wouldn’t know what to do at the exact moment. Most of us would just panic, which would delay the medical attention that we’re supposed to get. As dentists, we suggest patients stay calm and get to us as soon as possible. This would reduce the pain that you’d have to endure and let us treat you before the condition gets any worse.
The most common dental emergency is caused due to external injuries. A hard blow to the mouth could crack, chip, fracture or even completely knock off a tooth from its socket. Also, injuries to the soft tissues of the mouth are common. They can lead to immense pain, bleeding and if left untreated, they can cause serious oral infections as well.
Most common dental emergencies
Cracked or chipped tooth: A cracked or chipped tooth is most often very painful. The nerves within the tooth would be affected due to the trauma and would become hypersensitive. It could also cause bleeding and induce an uneasy feeling in the tooth. When you visit our practice with a cracked tooth, we would visually examine it and administer a pain relieving medication in case the pain is too much. The dentist would explain the possible treatment options to you to restore the tooth to its ideal condition, which would usually be veneers or composite bonding.
Avulsed tooth: An avulsed tooth is one that is completely knocked off from the socket. It, most often, occurs when the patient takes a hard blow to the mouth, such as during a fall, an automobile accident or a sports injury. The condition becomes more complicated when the tooth breaks off right at the gums, causing excruciating pain, bleeding and swelling. Try your best to cover the wound with a wire gauze (which also prevents the bleeding) and get to a dentist as soon as possible to get immediate medical attention.
Soft-tissue injury: This can be extremely painful and causes severe bleeding. The best thing you can do is act quickly by rinsing off the mouth and biting into a piece of gauze. It usually helps to reduce the bleeding by applying pressure on the wound and working towards forming a clot. When you visit us for treatment, we would make sure the wound is disinfected and the bleeding is halted completely. The right medication would be given to counter it. The patient mustn’t eat anything hot or spicy for a few days until it heals.
Dormant infections/cavities: Sometimes, oral infections and cavities would remain dormant for a long time while quietly growing underneath the tissues. When there is a sudden outburst, it can cause immense pain and discomfort. Get to a dentist immediately to get the required treatment.
Reach out to us at (843) 569-8795 whenever you have a dental emergency and we would make sure you get the required treatment immediately.