Dental Pain or Emergency Dental Treatments
Dental emergencies are conditions where you need to seek immediate dental care to save a tooth or free you from pain. These are services that need to be attended to by a dentist because any delays can cause permanent damages or require you to undergo more expensive and complicated treatment procedures later on.
What constitutes a Dental Emergency?
- Cracked or Broken Tooth
Your teeth can break from severe dental decay, trauma, or biting down on something too hard or from grinding your teeth at night. Broken and cracked teeth may sometimes extend to the roots of your teeth and cause severe pain. If you notice a broken or cracked tooth, it’s important to see your dentist.
- Severe and Constant Tooth Pain
Severe tooth pain should never be ignored. It can be due to inflammation of the tooth’s pulp (nerve inside the tooth) and is most commonly caused by decay, whether it is the first cavity in the tooth or under an existing filling or crown. Often, an emergency root canal treatment is recommended, or a tooth extraction if your tooth can’t be saved. If these things go untreated for too long, bacteria can spread throughout your bloodstream, make you very sick, and lead to serious health complications. Painkillers will just give you temporary relief whereas proper diagnosis by your dentist will help you get the proper treatment and avoid complications.
- Localized swelling
Severe decay leading to death of the tooth’s pulp (nerve) can cause pain and swelling. Swelling may be limited to a “gum boil” on the gums, or in more severe cases, significant swelling of the face or jaw.
- Tooth is Knocked Out (Avulsed Tooth)
If a permanent tooth gets knocked out of your mouth, you should never put off going to the dentist. In fact, your best chance of saving a tooth that has been knocked out is to see your dentist within one hour. Keep your tooth in a small container in cold milk, then get to the dentist right away if you want to save your tooth.
- Injuries involving the Jaw
If you suffer from a broken or dislocated jaw as a result of sports injuries or vehicle accidents, you should immediately visit your dental surgeon to seek expert help and attention.
- Loss of a Tooth Filling
If a filling falls out, you will definitely notice as the tooth will be very sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, and pressure while you eat. If you lose a dental filling and are suffering from severe pain, visit your dentist to prevent further damage that could lead to an infection later.
- Dental Crown Falls Out
Dental crowns can also fall out if your natural teeth beneath crowns become severely decayed. When a large cavity forms under a crown, your tooth can change shape so the crown may no longer fit properly. If you notice that your dental crown has fallen out, make a dental appointment as soon as you can.
- Infection around wisdom tooth (Pericoronitis)
A condition involving inflammation of the gums surrounding a tooth, typically a wisdom tooth. This condition often occurs in partially erupted molars that have a flap of gum tissue partially covering the tooth.
- Dry socket following tooth extraction
Dry socket is when the blood clot at the site of the tooth extraction fails to develop, or it dislodges or dissolves before the wound has healed. It typically appears three to four days after an extraction. Symptoms include unexplained throbbing pain in your jaw, bad breath and an unpleasant taste that lingers in your mouth.