Dental emergencies are terrifying to handle on their own. But with the help of a dentist, the pain and damage can be decreased before it gets out of hand. There are two common types of dental emergencies that are typically categorized as trauma or pain emergencies. When you have dental pain or trauma it is important to seek medical attention, but sometimes it can be hard to determine when this trauma or pain is critical and requires emergency care.
What is dental trauma? Injuries to the teeth,mouth and gums are commonly referred to as dental trauma. This may be in the form of a penetrating or blunt force injury, and may leave abrasions or lacerations in your mouth. They can occur when you suffer damage to your teeth, lips, gums or mouth through an injury or trauma. Tooth trauma can range from a chipped tooth to a fully knocked out tooth, or abrasions or lacerations to your lips, gums or mouth.
When should I contact a dentist about tooth or dental pain? It can be hard to tell if an ache in your mouth is an emergency, even for professionals. When the pain gets too unbearable, it’s time to call us and get relief. When you are having pain that seems out of the ordinary, you should follow up by making an appointment with your dentist. Any swelling and/or redness in the face, gums, cheeks that accompany pain, especially pain that’s cause is unidentifiable, should be treated as an emergency.
Depending on what kind of dental emergency you’re experiencing, there are a number of procedures that can be done in regards to treatment. Oftentimes when dealing with dental pain, a dentist will need to do procedures like root canal or tooth extraction to treat the situation. If you’ve been in an accident, or suffered some sort of dental trauma, you will require some form of treatment at the dentist’s office. This can include repositioning your teeth, suturing cuts or lacerations received, and medication to treat the pain. The first step is always going to be to see your dentist for diagnosis and options on how to properly treat your situation.
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