Dental Tips Blog

Apr
21

Dental Emergencies

Unfortunately, all emergencies are pretty much unplanned. Dental emergencies like a chipped, cracked, or broken tooth or any kind of abscess are often incredibly painful. Many people who have a dental emergency find that they cannot simply wait days or weeks to have it taken care of. Their mouths are burning with pain, or they cannot eat or drink without severe discomfort – and they cannot live like that for long.

Most dental practices work in room into their schedules to account for dental emergencies. Dentist understand how highly sensitive the mouth is and will generally make every effort to see patients with dental emergencies the day that they call. Dental emergencies like an injury to the tooth or gums or an infection can be potentially serious, and dentists want their patients to understand this so that they will not ignore it.

Because of the serious oral health and general health problems that can result from dental emergencies, it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible. An abscess, for example, is an infection that occurs around the root of a tooth or in between teeth and gums. Abscesses can damage the tissue surrounding the teeth, and if the infection is left untreated, the infection can travel to other parts of the body through the soft tissue.

All forms of oral pain should be evaluated by a dentist promptly. Whether you know the cause (e.g. a knocked out tooth) or not, your dentist is the one who can not only alleviate your discomfort, but find the root cause of the problem. Dental emergencies need prompt attention in order to keep the teeth and mouth healthy. Don’t delay in seeing your dentist for anything that concerns you.

Posted on behalf of Dr. David Janash, Park South Dentistry

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Feb
11

When Does Accidental Trauma Become an Emergency?

Sometimes dental emergencies are obvious – you’re experiencing immense pain or have visibly damaged a tooth so severely that you know you’ve got to call your dentist right away. Other times, patients wonder if the accident that they just experienced is something to be alarmed about at all. At what point does an accidental bump or trauma to the mouth become a dental emergency and require emergency dental care?

If you’re in pain, call your dentist.

Should severe pain happen after the accident, or pain develops shortly thereafter, then let your dentist know. Sometimes the damage is internal and can’t be seen, so your dentist will take an x-ray to determine if there are conditions such as root fractures, abscesses, or to nearby teeth. Even if the pain involves the gums or lips, your dentist can help provide wound care or sutures.

If damage is visible, call your dentist.

If your tooth is mobile, broken, or discolored, then call your dental office immediately. Don’t wait. If part of the tooth broke off, then place it in a cup of water or milk and bring it with you.

If everything looks ok, watch your tooth.

Sometimes damage will not be evident until later, even for several years. If the tooth appears stable and it does not become discolored over the next several days, and no swelling along the gumlines erupt, then chances are you’re off the hook! Continue to see your dentist every 6 months and let them know what happened so that an x-ray can be taken just to make sure nothing else is going on that can’t be seen from the outside.

Posted on behalf of Dr. David Janash, Park South Dentistry

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Sep
27

Traumatic Dental Injuries in Children

Dental emergencies are one of the most common causes of emergency room visits in children. Slipping during a bath and having trauma to the top front teeth is a frequent experience. If your child falls or incurs some type of trauma, preserve the tooth or broken piece of the tooth by putting it into a cup of water or milk. Should the tooth come out in one whole piece with the root still in tact, try placing the tooth back into the socket and holding it in place.

Another is having a painful abscess erupt on a tooth with a cavity. In severe cases, these abscesses can even cause hospitalization in small children. Getting cavities treated in a timely manner can save your child’s teeth, pain and complications later on down the road.

Sports related injuries are typically avoidable with the use of a professionally fitted athletic guard. Over the counter guards may slip and come out of place, but a professional sports guard protects the teeth, lips, and also reduces the risks of concussion. Whether your young athlete participates in a contact sport like football, or an individual sport like gymnastics, an athletic guard is the best possible form of dental insurance that you can have. Many injuries come not only from running into another athlete, but coming into contact with pieces of equipment or even themselves.

If your child needs emergency dental care, contact your dentist immediately. Depending on the type of emergency and the current comfort level of your child, you may be instructed to go directly to the office or to wait until the next business day before making an appointment.

Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli

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