How to Know if You are Having a Dental Emergency or Not

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Lots of people experience a dental emergency in their lives, for reasons such as an injury or underlying oral health condition. Today, our Whitehorse dentists share with you the ways you can tell if you are experiencing a dental emergency and what you should do.

What are Dental Emergencies?

Any issues with your mouth, teeth, or gums that need prompt dental treatment are considered a dental emergency, this can include the following: 

Broken, Knocked Out, or Chipped Tooth

Generally, chipped or broken teeth can be repaired if they are attended to quickly. Your dentist might be able to mend the chip with a filling, where more serious breaks might require a root canal or crown.

If you have had a tooth knocked out your dentist might be able to put it back in within about an hour of the accident. Your tooth will have a better chance of taking root again within that time frame. After the two-hour mark, the chances of it being able to go back decreases greatly and you will have to consider alternative treatment options.

Severe Toothache

If you experience a toothache you cannot manage with over-the-counter pain medication, first apply ice to the area and contact your dentist as soon as possible, as this is considered a dental emergency.

Toothaches can indicate potential major dental issues, and so it is important to take them seriously.

Lost Filling

If you have lost a filling, it is a serious situation because it leaves the interior of your tooth exposed, weakening its structure.  It’s critical that you see a dentist so they can replace the filling as quickly as possible. You can keep the area of the tooth protected temporarily with a softened piece of sugarless gum.

Object Stuck Between Teeth

Objects getting lodged between the teeth can present a hazard and warrant urgent attention from your dentist. If you cannot dislodge the object with floss, do not use a sharp object to attempt to remove it yourself as this could push it further between your teeth - or injure your gums.

Bitten Lip or Tongue

If you have bitten your lip or tongue and the bleeding can’t be quelled, you will have to go to an emergency dental clinic. Meanwhile, you can apply a clean cloth to the part of your mouth that’s bleeding and press down. Use an ice pack to lower the swelling and seek urgent dental care.

Dental Abscess

A dental abscess is a buildup of pus that forms inside the teeth or gums. This very painful condition usually develops from a bacterial infection, often within the soft pulp of the tooth or the root of the tooth. They can be caused by a cavity that’s been left untreated, severe gum disease, or perhaps a chipped tooth.

Symptoms can include anything from a bad taste in your mouth to swollen glands, pain, pus, or a fever. An abscessed tooth will usually need surgery to drain the infection and treat it properly. Treatment for dental abscesses can involve root canal surgery. 

If you are having a dental emergency contact our Whitehorse dentists immediately, our team will do their best to see you as soon as possible. 


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