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Emergency Dental Care

No one can ever plan when an emergency will happen. Many people think of an emergency as relating to a broken bone, a car accident, or a sick child. However, dental emergencies happen every day, at all hours of the day. From a tooth being knocked out during a sporting game, to biting down on a piece of hard candy and cracking a tooth, to an abscess that is incredibly painful – dental emergencies require immediate attention.

Dental emergencies should not be ignored because they could be potentially serious or have serious long term consequences. By ignoring a dental problem such as an injury to the teeth or gums can increase the risk of permanent damage to the mouth, as well as the need for extensive treatment in the future.

Abscesses are a common and very painful cause for emergency dental care. Abscesses are infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in spaces between the teeth and gums. Abscesses are incredibly painful and are a very serious condition. The infection within the abscess can easily spread to surrounding teeth and gum tissues, and can also spread to other parts of the body if left untreated. See your doctor immediately if you discover a pimple-like swelling on your gum that is painful.

Other dental emergencies such as a dislodged tooth, lost crown or filling, broken tooth, or a knocked out tooth also require getting to the dentist as soon as possible. For teeth that are broken, cracked, or knocked out the time that lapses between injury and treatment will have a huge impact on whether or not the tooth can be saved.

Just as in any other type of emergency, time is not on your side. Gather any piece or pieces of tooth that you can if it has been broken or knocked out; don’t wait if your mouth develops a sore spot; and don’t try to treat yourself at home. Dentists are prepared for emergencies, and your mouth will be properly treated for any unexpected treatment you may need.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park



What Happens When You Lose a Filling or Crown

Believe it or not but it is possible to lose a filling or crown. A filling is a material used to fill decayed or damaged areas of  a tooth. A crown is a cover or cap that restores a tooth that has too much damage or decay for a filling. Sometimes because of various reasons the crown or filling can fall out. It’s usually not considered an emergency. However, you do want to be seen by a dental professional as soon as possible.  If you are having any pain, consider it a dental emergency.

Losing the filling or crown can be painful because it exposes the tooth to all the elements. Your tooth may be able to feel pain due to temperature in certain foods and drinks.

After you get an appointment scheduled with your dental professional there are some practices you can do while you wait at home.

  1. If you found the crown you could place it back on top of the tooth. Make sure to clean the crown before placing it back on.
  2. You can apply dental cement or petroleum jelly in the tooth where the filling came out. This will help to protect the tooth.
  3. If you are having pain, take an over the counter pain medication.
  4. Be very careful when chewing food, it’s best to eat softer foods until you are seen by your dentist.

At your dental appointment, your dentist will access the area. Typically the area will be cleaned from any decay and the crown or filling will be replaced. Most of the time the reason the filling or crown was lost is because of tooth decay.  Good oral hygiene habits can prevent this from happening again.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park



Dental Emergencies

There are a number of ways to prevent damage and injuries to your teeth. When playing sports of any kind, a mouth guard is recommended for everyone to avoid cracked or knocked out teeth in case of unwanted contact with the mouth. People should avoid chewing hard items such as ice, popcorn kernels, and hard candies to avoid cracking a tooth or pulling out a filling. People should also use scissors instead of their teeth for opening bags and/or tearing tape. By taking proper care of your teeth and using pre-cautious measures, most people can avoid sudden dental emergencies.

However, we all know that dental emergencies can occur unexpectedly. A large number of teeth have been knocked out by a ball flying out of the blue and hitting a person in the jaw! Whether at a baseball game or playing in the back yard, it always helps to know what to do ahead of time in case you or a loved one has a dental emergency.

First, keep your regular visits to the dentist a priority. Up-to-date X-rays and dental information will go a long way in helping your dentist deal with your dental emergency.

Second, don’t panic. Your dentist is well qualified to handle your dental emergency.

Third, if at all possible – find your tooth! If a tooth has been knocked out or broken, the best thing you can do to help your dentist adhere or replace your tooth is to find the one that’s now missing. If you are physically unable to do this, have someone you trust look for your tooth.

Forth, call your dentist for the next available appointment.

Following these simple and specific steps will go a long way in fixing your dental emergency. Emergencies come up all of the time. Whether it is at home and your family has set up a fire escape route, or a calling tree if a family member is sick – a plan of action is helpful in any emergency situation.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park


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