Dental emergencies can be quite traumatizing and painful. They also strike quite unexpectedly, leaving you in a fit. While a dental emergency might feel very urgent, there is no hard and fast rule about what constitutes a dental emergency. However, there are some situations where you should visit your dentist as soon as possible.
When should I visit the dentist?
Swelling: Swelling is the body’s response to an injury. At first, the swelling begins in the injured area, and as the tissues in the area swell, the space around the injured area fills with fluid. Swelling can be very painful, and it may limit the jaw’s range of motion. In some cases, the swelling will take a long time to subside on its own. In these cases, you should seek emergency dental care.
Severe toothache: A severe toothache is a sign that something is wrong. Severe toothaches may cause throbbing pain, as well as sensitivity to hot and cold. In some cases, the pain may be so severe that you can’t sleep. In these cases, you should seek emergency dental care.
Broken or knocked out tooth: Broken teeth are a common occurrence and can be very painful. Although one should take the initial precautionary steps of using an ice pack and piece of gauze to control swelling and bleeding, it is best to visit the dentist as soon as possible to get the injury treated.
What causes toothaches?
A toothache can be the result of many different things, but some of the most common causes are:
- Tooth decay or cavities
- A crack or tooth fracture
- A broken filling
- Gum disease
Place a cold pack or a damp washcloth on the cheek where you have a toothache, as it helps alleviate the pain until you get to the dentist.
What causes broken teeth?
When a tooth is broken, it may have been caused due to various reasons. When chewing food impacts a tooth the wrong way, it can chip or break. The force of chewing on hard items like ice or hard candy can also break a tooth. However, the most common cause is accidental falls.
What causes knocked-out teeth?
Teeth can become dislodged as a result of sports injuries, car accidents, violent attacks, or for no apparent cause. If a tooth is knocked out, it is important to schedule an appointment with your dentist right away.
Once a tooth is knocked out, it may become damaged. The tooth’s root is a sensitive part of the tooth, and if it is knocked out, the root may be damaged. If the root is damaged, the dentist may not be able to place it back in the socket. Hence, it is important to rinse the tooth with plain water and place it in a glass of milk while going to the dentist for treatment.
What causes loose teeth?
If you’re an adult with loose teeth, it’s typically caused by gum disease. Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue. This infection is caused by harmful bacteria that build up on the teeth and along the gumline. These bacteria can cause inflammation in the gum tissue, causing it to separate from the teeth. This can create pockets between your teeth and the gum line, leading to loose teeth.
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