January 10, 2019
It’s a cold, winter day, and your primary concern is to get to a warm cup of hot chocolate and your favorite cold-weather snack. Suddenly, your plans are derailed by a sharp pain. You don’t know what the cause is, but you’d like to get some relief from the discomfort. Your emergency dentist in Reading says you could be suffering from a dental emergency. Learn what could be the cause of the tooth pain and what can be done for it and other types of oral trauma.
Is This a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is any situation that leaves you in severe pain, bleeding profusely or has caused either a tooth or restoration to dislodge. No matter what type of emergency you have, you should first maintain the mental clarity to assess the situation as best you can. Then, contact your emergency dentist to explain what has happened and to schedule a visit.
While you are waiting to be seen, though, it helps to have some strategies for how to respond.
One of the more common types of dental emergencies is a toothache. It is usually brought on by advanced tooth decay that has reached the nerve.
While you wait to be seen by your dentist, you can attempt to gently floss around the tooth to make sure there are no food particles lodged. If there is any swelling, it also helps to apply ice to your jaw in 20-minute intervals. Then to lessen the discomfort, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen.
If you have lost a tooth, you should first attempt to reinsert it. If that isn’t possible, then you can store the tooth in a cup of milk, which helps to keep the root alive until you can be seen.
Any pain and swelling can be addressed by applying ice and taking ibuprofen.
Laceration of Soft Tissue
A cut to the tongue, cheek, lips or other soft tissue in the mouth, can cause intense bleeding. To encourage a blood clot to develop, you can gently apply pressure with a cotton gauze. If the bleeding persists for more than 10 minutes, then you should head to the emergency room.
Broken or Dislodged Restoration
Another emergency that can happen is for a dental restoration like a crown or filling to fail, which can leave the sensitive inner area of the tooth exposed to food and bacteria. If you are able to retrieve the fixture, you can attempt to apply a small dollop of dental wax or toothpaste to temporarily reinsert it.
In most cases, your dentist in Reading will be able to see you the same day, but if not possible, it helps to have a plan of action for how to respond to some of the more common types of issues that can arise. By being better-informed, you can help to further the process of being restored.
About the Author
Dr. Gail Iebba earned her dental degree from Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry. She has since gone on to provide over 30 years of dental care. A member of the Massachusetts Dental Society, Dr. Iebba helps patients recover from dental emergencies at Associates in Family Dentistry, and she can be reached for more information through her website.
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