What is an emergency? If you are alarmed about something occurring in your mouth, causing you severe pain, swelling, or bleeding; or if you have broken a tooth, lost a bridge, or had anything else happen that you are upset about, and want to correct immediately, that is an emergency. It may not be a life-and-death situation, but if it is causing you immediate discomfort, pain, or embarrassment, it’s important to have it attended to as soon as possible.Maestro Smiles offers excellent info on this.
There are some very obvious dental problems that could cause you concern. You should know what to do if they arise. They include:
1. An accidental blow to a tooth, resulting in a chip or fracture of the tooth, or even causing it to be knocked out
2. Bleeding that doesn’t stop after dental surgery or tooth extraction
3. Pain and soreness behind the last tooth, in the area where wisdom teeth normally exist
4. Toothache-severe pain, perhaps swelling, headache, and fever
5. Tender, bleeding gums, possible sore throat, possible-fever, bad taste, and bad breath
6. An abscess or swelling of the gum next to a tooth, causing great pain
7. A human bite, usually resulting from a fight
8. Burned lips, tongue or palate, due to hot food or hot drink; possibly with a child, a burn due to lye or acid
9. Uncontrolled oozing or bleeding from the gums
10. Small silvery-white sores, very painful, looking like little ulcers with red borders
11. Loss of a filling and immediate tooth sensitivity
12. Loss of a crown, bridge, or even a denture; loss of a tooth on a denture or partial denture
13. An orthodontic wire breaking and piercing the cheek or tongue
14. Nausea or suspected allergic reaction to medication being taken in relation to dental treatment
15. Floss caught between teeth
TRAUMA TO THE TEETH
One of the most common dental emergencies that occur is the chipped or fractured tooth. This is more likely to happen to your child when he falls, than to you, although adults have also been known to miss a step or slip on ice, or trip. Adults, too, can meet with the same disastrous blow to the teeth and mouth. Adults and children occasionally are in fights, or other accidents, any of which can result in the front of the face meeting with a rapidly moving hard object.
What If the Entire Tooth Is Knocked Out?
If you get to the dentist within thirty minutes and have not damaged the tooth surface by handling it too much, there is a good chance of saving it by replanting the tooth. The most important point is to put the tooth into a clean handkerchief, wet with dilute salt water if possible (one teaspoon of salt in a glass of water would be the perfect solution to help preserve the living cells on the tooth surface). Do not handle the tooth by the root if you can help it. Have right dental care as soon as possible.
OTHER TRAUMATIC ACCIDENTS INVOLVING THE MOUTH
In addition to accidents involving one’s own natural teeth, it is also possible that you already have dental replacements. You may be wearing a denture or a partial denture. If you drop this by accident, and it breaks, you can temporarily glue it, using epoxy glue. You should not consider this permanent and should get to your dentist as soon as possible. Even slight irregularities in the surface of a denture can irritate tissues. If this irritation were to continue for too long a period, it could lead to permanent damage in the tissue next to the repaired area. Let your dentist repair and adjust the denture or partial denture properly and give you proper dental care.
There are several situations that might cause bleeding in your mouth. Always tell your dentist or dental surgeon prior to any surgical procedure if you have a family history or personal history of blood disorders or prolonged bleeding after cuts, if you have high blood pressure; or if you bruise very easily. Your dentist may want to do some laboratory studies, or to consult with your physician before he operates. Therefore, be thorough in the information you give him. It is best to avoid a bleeding problem, rather than treat it post fact.