Types of Dental Emergencies. When Would You Need Immediate Help From a Dentist?
Since we started providing emergency dental care services in Durham, we came across patients who were in need of immediate attention for a variety of cases. It is not uncommon to find people suffering from pain and anxiety during such times. People get so involved in their pain that every minute becomes crucial both for the dentist as well as the patient. Here is what I will be covering in this post.
Table of contents:
- When do you require dental emergency?
- Does a broken tooth always call for emergency dentist?
- What else can be a reason for dental emergency?
Hi everyone. I’m Dr. Doan Tran – the chief dentist at Brier Creek Smiles Dentistry. With our dental office located in Morrisville NC, we also extend our services to nearby areas – Durham and Raleigh. Today, through this post, I and my team of dental experts tend to take you through the various types of dental emergencies that you might experience. Reading this post will not only educate you, but will also help you prepare beforehand and act accordingly irrespective of the emergency you are facing.
But before we begin, let me start with a question.
Did you know that any injury to your teeth does not always call for an emergency visit to your dentist? Let me know in the comments.
If you did knew, comment “yes”, if not, comment your answer with a “no”
Dental Emergency Depends on Your Particular Case
For instance, while biting on a hard piece of eatable or in case of a sports injury, if you get a chipped tooth or minor fracture, you can wait until you get a normal appointment with your dentist in the usual business hours. However, it all depends upon the nature and location of the injury. On the contrary, if the injury is serious enough to have affected the nerve of the tooth or a large tooth has been knocked out completely, it calls for an emergency treatment. Also any severe trauma to the gums and jawbone may require immediate treatment.
Does a Broken Tooth Always Call For An Emergency?
A broken tooth is a broad term indeed. Let’s get into the different types of a knocked tooth. Some of them may and some may not call for an emergency. We have added a tip below every issue to help you understand if it is an emergency or not.
- Craze lines – Emergency Not Required
Cracks that appear on the outer surface of a tooth are commonly termed as “craze lines”. These rarely need treatment but in case you don’t want any unnecessary spot on your teeth enamel you can go to your dentist to get the area slightly polished.
Tip: Instead of connecting with an emergency dentist, craze lines can be rectified on a normal visit to your dentist.
- Chipped Tooth – Emergency Depends
Chipped teeth are not much of a cause of worry if it didn’t leave you with sharp edges or pointed tips. If things are otherwise, means, your chipped teeth left you with a bleeding tongue, you must visit an emergency dentist.
Tip: Depending on the case of a chipped tooth, visit to the dentist is optional. If otherwise, you MUST go for it. Your dentist may use some filling material allowing you to get rid of the sharp edges or pointed tips.
- Broken cusps – Emergency Depends
This issue more or less resembles the problem of chips. A cusp is the pointed chewing surface of a tooth.
Tip: The case of visiting an emergency dentist will be more or less similar to that of a chipped tooth. If things are worse, you might need immediate help from your dentist.
- Split root – Emergency Dentist Required
If there is a crack in the root, due to any trauma or other causes, and it extends upwards towards the chewing surface, the break is really painful. In such cases the tooth might have to be removed since the area around the root is damaged or infected!
Tip: Don’t have a second thought and call your dentist immediately. You will need immediate help not only to get rid of the pain but also for avoiding infections.
- Severe breaks – Emergency Dentist Required
If your injury is serious and the entire tooth comes out and the site bleeds consequently, the nerve tissue inside the tooth root may be exposed due to latter getting affected or damaged. A root canal may be required in this case in order to remove the exposed nerve!
Tip: In such cases, there is no point of arguing about the need for urgent dental care. Inevitably, you’ll not only need a solution to stop the bleeding but also get help for minimizing the pain.
- Breakage from tooth decay – Emergency Dentist Required
Like weakened gums, teeth cavities may lead to conditions where your tooth needs to be removed. Cavities weaken the tooth which may ultimately crumble and break down.
Tip: You can avoid the case of an emergency through periodic checkups. However, if that’s not the case, visit your dentist immediately.
It might henceforth be concluded that accidents that go down to affect the pulp, nerve tissue or the root of the tooth may be considered as dental emergencies. Not all dental emergencies bear the ‘pain’ symptom but in most cases it is the main indicator that an emergency treatment is required.
Other cases that can call for a Dental Emergency
Now, let’s take a look at some of the other cases that can call for a dental emergency. Here I would like to add about things we came across from some of our patients in Durham.
- If your gums are bleeding
When the bleeding is excessive, recurrent and leaves the gums aching, the situation calls for attention.
- You are having a swollen jaw
When a swollen jaw is coupled with, fever, foul taste in the mouth, trouble in breathing and swallowing, emergency treatment is required.
- Even headaches are signs of a poor dental condition!
People in the habit of continuous teeth grinding often experience headaches. Toothache or jaw pain may also result in the same which might drag you to the doctor right away.
- If your tooth goes numb
When you lose the sensation in any affected tooth, know that the infection has gone down to the roots and affected the tooth nerve which damages the pain sensation! This obviously calls for immediate medical action.
To cut it short, it would be best not to deal dental problems with an ‘at-home’ care, whether it affects your teeth, gums, jaws or simply the taste inside your mouth. Apart from the normal dentist checkups which should occur twice a year at least, one should not neglect oral issues, if they appear.
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