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Any dental problem that requires immediate treatment to save a tooth, stop ongoing tissue bleeding, or alleviate severe dental pain is considered a dental emergency. If you have a dental emergency, your dentist should be the first person you call. It is important to remember that with some dental emergencies, seeing the dentist within 30 minutes or less can mean the difference between saving or losing your tooth. Accidents can happen at any time of the day or night. Some injuries may need immediate attention, while others can wait until your dentist’s normal business hours.
Some common types of oral injuries include cracked, broken, or knocked-out teeth. Any of these could result from biting down on something that is too hard, a sports-related injury, a fall, or any other type of accident.
A tooth that has been knocked out requires immediate dental care. If prompt steps are taken after a tooth has been knocked out, chances are very good that a dentist will be able to reinsert and preserve the tooth.
- Pick up the tooth by the crown, do not touch the root part of the tooth.
- Rinse the tooth off very gently to ensure that it is clean. Do not scrub the tooth or remove any tissues attached to it.
- If you can, try to reinsert the tooth gently back into the socket and hold it in place by biting down on it softly.
- If you are unable to place the tooth back into the socket, place it in a small cup of milk and take it with you to the dentist.
- Call your dentist immediately. Following these steps and seeking attention by a dentist is critical in saving the tooth. The longer you wait to reimplant a tooth in its socket the less chance you have of saving it.
If a tooth is loose or out of alignment, call the dentist right away so that it can be dealt with as quickly as possible.
If you chip a tooth and it does not hurt, this usually does not constitute an emergency. However, you should schedule an appointment within a few days, and care should be taken to not further damage the tooth.
A cracked or fractured tooth could be considered a dental emergency, or at least an urgency, and the dentist should be seen as soon as possible. Fractured or cracked teeth usually indicate that there is damage on the inside of the tooth as well as the outside.
Any kind of injury inside the mouth, such as puncture wounds, lacerations, or tears to the tongue, lips, cheeks, or mouth are tissue injuries and are generally considered a dental emergency. If you experience this type of injury, gently clean the inside of the mouth with water. If the bleeding is coming from the tongue, gently pull it forward and place pressure on the wound using a square piece of gauze and get to an oral surgeon, dentist, or hospital emergency room as soon as possible.
To help with pain, take acetaminophen. Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen. These are anticoagulants and can cause excessive bleeding.
Severe dental pain or an abscess in the mouth can indicate an emergency situation. You should see your dentist as soon as possible. If the dentist cannot be reached and your pain is severe, visit a hospital emergency room.
Many dental emergencies can be easily avoided by having routine dental check-ups to ensure that your mouth and teeth are healthy.