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Why You Should Avoid Dental Emergencies.

Aug 05, 2021

Prevention is better than cure, no doubt, and hence this article sheds light on common dental emergencies and, most importantly, ways to avoid them.

Dental emergencies, when they occur, can be devastating, cause panic attacks, and result in unplanned hospital visits and pile up of hospital bills. Hence, creating an effective structure for emergency dentistry is an integral part of dental practice.

Emergencies require prompt, professional treatment to avoid the risk of irreparable damage. It would be best if you didn’t attempt to do treat yourself at home or try unproven strategies but rather visit a dental clinic as promptly as possible to see an emergency dentist on tips, recommendations, and wholesome counsel on preventive dental care.

Common Dental Emergencies And Emergency Dental Procedures.

Some of the problems that can make you seek the services of an emergency dentist include:

  1. Sudden toothache
  2. Knocked tooth
  3. Broken braces
  4. Tooth crown falls out
  5. Loose braces
  6. Broken or chipped tooth
  7. Dislodged tooth.
  8. Tooth filling Falls Out
  9. Lost Dental Fillings
  10. Tooth abscess
  11. Particle stuck between the teeth

Sudden Toothache

For this, you should call your dentist and explain the symptoms. Take an over-the-counter painkiller like paracetamol or ibuprofen. Rinse your mouth with warm water and hold an ice pack to your face at the affected area.

Knocked Tooth

When this happens, and you can find it, keep the tooth. If you can’t put it back in place (without forcing it), put it in a small container of milk or a cup of water with a pinch of salt, as the best chance of saving your tooth is if a dentist reinserts it within one hour.

Something Gets Stuck Between Your Teeth

When something gets lodged between your teeth, it can result in infection. Firstly, use floss to try to remove the object. Don’t use a sharp object to get the object out: this can damage your teeth and gums.

Broken Braces

If a wire breaks or protrudes from a brace, try pushing it into a more comfortable position with the rubber end of a pencil. If you can’t relocate it, put dental wax or a piece of gauze over the end. But don’t cut the wire as it could be swallowed.

Lost Dental Fillings

Urgent dental attention should be sought out to replace a lost filling. A lost filling can lead to pain, inflammation, infection and can even corrupt or compromise a tooth.

Broken or Chipped Tooth

Rinse your mouth with warm water. Put a cold compress on the outside of the mouth, and apply gauze to any bleeding.

Crown Falls Out

Retrieve the crown to take to your dentist. If the tooth is painful, apply a small amount of clove oil to the affected area. Try to put the crown back in place, using toothpaste to coat the inner surface to act as an adhesive. Make sure that you never use super glue. The dental clinic remains your safest bet.

How to Avoid Dental Emergencies.

Of course. As alluded to earlier that prevention is better than cure. Dental emergencies can be pretty painful, energy, time, and fund sapping. Hence, you can follow the tips below on preventive dental care to avoid dental emergencies of any kind. They are:

  • Wearing a mouthguard when participating in sports or recreational activities with a high risk of trauma to the tooth.
  • Using scissors to cut or tear things and never using the teeth.
  • Breaking bad habits like chewing pencil or pen stubs and chewing gums containing lots of sugar.
  • Avoiding chewing ice and hard candy, which can cause a tooth to crack.
  • It is vital to commit to regular dental checkups and adhering to all recommendations and advice of your dentist as regards your oral hygiene.