Dental emergency is a term used when immediate attention is needed to treat an ailment or a situation involving the teeth, gums and other soft tissues inside the oral cavity. Dental emergencies may not always only involve pain, but, redness and swelling as well; these are most common signs prompting us to seek emergency professional dental services. During a dental emergency, your dentist is the first person who should be informed. These dentists who attend to these kinds of situations on a short notice and even on the wee hours of the night are called Emergency dentists.
An Emergency dentist is a dental specialist or general dentist who can provide you with their professional dental services on 24 hour basis. There are a lot of situations when we will need an emergency dentist’ services such as:
- Toothache or tooth pain: It may be brought about by injury to the tissues surrounding the tooth, exposure of the nerves or it may be a sign of a tooth infection. If possible, brush your teeth, but, if it is really painful, cleanse your mouth with warm water and use dental floss to remove fragments of food trapped in between your teeth because removing them may also relieve the pain. Try over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or paracetamol. If the pain is not relieved after these procedures, then this is the time you really need to call your dentist to have it cheeked and treated right away.
- Soft tissue injury: Any wound about by laceration sand tears in the gums, inner cheeks, lips and tongue that may cause pain and bleeding are examples of a dental emergency. The initial emergency treatment for this is to rinse the mouth with warm water; this will help remove foreign materials that may have caused oral trauma and you may be able to visualize well where bleeding is coming from. In case bleeding is from the tongue, let your tongue out gently and apply enough pressure to stop the bleeding and inform your dentist immediately.
- Knocked out tooth or fractured tooth: This may be caused by trauma or accidents. If this happens, retrieve the tooth by holding it from the crown; rinse it with gentle flowing water and make sure the tissues attached to it remains attached because this might be a very important detail for a dentist or dental surgeon in the assessment. Go to the nearest dental facility and seek for emergency treatment.
These are only some of the situations that need immediate attention and treatment by an emergency dentist. People should know about these things to be able to save their tooth, it pays a lot to have a good set of teeth.