No emergency happens at a convenient or scheduled time, and all emergencies are stressful situations. Dental emergency situations are no exception. Dental emergencies are often traumatic, painful, and scary for all involved in the situation – no matter how old you are. As with all emergency situations, having the knowledge to know how to handle the situation prior to an emergency occurring gives you the best chance of handling it properly and achieving success in the end.
One of the most feared of all dental emergencies is a knocked out tooth, especially a knocked out permanent tooth. You only receive one set of permanent teeth in your lifetime, so taking the necessary means to protect your permanent teeth is essential. If a permanent tooth receives damage or injury, significant intervention will be necessary in hopes of saving your tooth. A permanent tooth that is knocked completely out or that is knocked loose from its socket is in danger of dying because it is separated from its life source. All teeth are connected to the blood supply by the tooth roots, both inside the tooth and inside the mouth. If you have experienced a knocked out tooth, the best thing you can do is to gently place it back in its socket. This will encourage the tooth roots to reconnect themselves while you are on your way to the dentist. If it is not possible to place the tooth in its socket, keep the tooth moist in a small cup of milk while you drive to the dentist’s office. The success rate of saving a tooth that has been knocked out is dependent upon a number of factors, and your best chance requires immediate emergency attention.
Other types of dental emergency situations also need immediate intervention, yet many people choose to ignore them hoping that they will go away on their own. The safest information to remember about oral health issues is that almost all of them will only get worse – they will not resolve themselves. People tend to get themselves into a great deal of trouble because they put off necessary dental treatment. The following constitute dental emergencies and require immediate intervention:
- A cracked or broken tooth
- A damaged dental bridge or crown
- A lost filling
- An infection or abscess around a tooth
- An injured jaw
- Dental bleeding
- Knocked out tooth
- Swelling inside the mouth
- Tooth pain
- Tooth sensitivity
At Pacific Sky Dental, we are here for all of your emergency dental situations. Please contact us right away should you or a family member suffer a dental emergency!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Raymond Jone, Pacific Sky Dental
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