If you are already dealing with some dental issues, an emergency dentist should always be on your speed dial. It is essential to differentiate a standard dental issue from that of a dental emergency. Usually, dental concerns such as unbearable toothache, bleeding gums, severe infections, or soft-tissue injury are considered dental emergencies.
Common Dental Emergency Treatments
Here are some of the common dental emergencies which need immediate dental aid. Delay in the emergency treatment of these conditions can result in further complications.
Toothaches are a red flag, indicating that you could be suffering from any oral condition in your mouth. In such scenarios, you need to visit a qualified emergency dentist to diagnose and treat the concern. Other symptoms to watch for are fever, sensitivity issues, and swelling in the mouth. The root cause of toothache is infections, and food stuck between two teeth. Until you visit a dentist, apply a cold compress, and rinse with salt water to remove the pain and discomfort.
Bleeding gums along with severe pain and swelling could indicate issues such as gum disease, external trauma to the mouth, root canal infection, etc. Bleeding gums could also be caused due to periodontal disease. Visit your dentist at the earliest to get it treated.
If any of the mouth's soft tissues like gums, lips, tongue, or inside lining of the cheek areas get injured, you may require an emergency dental visit. The injuries of these soft tissues, including punctures, tears, and lacerations, should be properly rinsed with warm water to stop bleeding. You may also use a clean piece of gauze to apply pressure on the wound.
A lost or misplaced filling has to be treated immediately as the tissues of the tooth underneath could be exposed to the microbes in the mouth. If left untreated, it can result in pain and discomfort or even hypersensitivity when consuming hot or cold foods. We will place a replacement tooth-colored filling in the cavity.
A tooth abscess is a severe dental issue where pus in the tooth can lead to acute tooth infection. It may cause fever, sensitivity, toothache, or swelling. If you witness a bump on your gums, it's an emergency condition, and you should see the dentist right away. If left unattended, the infection can further spread to your jaw and its surrounding tissues.
A broken tooth can be extremely painful and cause massive bleeding as the nerves, and blood vessels underneath would be disturbed. If the tooth has been knocked out completely, we may be able to place it back in the socket if you reach us on time. Please protect the tooth by rinsing it with clean water and placing it in a glass of milk while you bring it along to our dental practice.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Colorado Springs, CO, to consult with our dentist, Dr. Cantua. Please call us at (719) 235-5885 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.
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