3 of the Most Frequently Treated Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can be frightening to those who experience them. But, it’s important to understand what a dental emergency is so that, if you experience one, you know when to get immediate help. While some dental emergencies may be more common than others, all need addressing with professional dental care. So, to be prepared in case of a potential dental emergency in your future, it’s best to understand what a dental emergency truly is and when it’s important to get the dental treatment you need.

1. Experiencing a Toothache? It Could Signify a Dental Emergency

Not all toothaches indicate the need for immediate care and are a dental emergency. But, commonly, a toothache can be debilitating to daily life-impacting eating and drinking. Plus, not to mention, brings about severe and continuous pain. A toothache can be a symptom of an underlying tooth issue like decay, so it shouldn’t be ignored. Talk to your dentist’s office right away and see if you can get in to be seen as soon as possible. Certainly, in the meantime, before you see your dentist, it’s important to try to relieve some of the pain yourself. If you find yourself in this emergency dental situation, you can attempt to manage pain with over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen and or Tylenol (be sure to check labeling, allergies, and your doctor’s recommendations. Other over-the-counter remedies include Orajel™️ and Oil of Clove. Remember, however, that most dental emergencies will return and not get better on their own. Be sure to schedule a visit to find out what may be causing your pain.

2. Bleeding of the Gums Can Indicate a Dental Emergency

Bleeding of the gums may be something not to worry about if you’ve just undergone a dental surgery or treatment. But, if you’re brushing or flossing and you notice bleeding of your gums, you shouldn’t consider this normal. In fact, bleeding gums can signify that there’s underlying gum disease or abscess. Gum diseases are serious infections that can be treated with antibiotics. However, when gum disease goes untreated, it can lead to bone loss, which can never be recovered. Furthermore, prolonged and untreated gum disease can also lead to comorbid health conditions including heart issues, kidney disease, and osteoporosis. A prolonged untreated abscess can similarly cause unrepairable bone loss affecting your ability to regain a lost tooth either with an implant or bridge. It’s important to get things checked out as soon as any bleeding is noticed.

3. Cracking, Breaking, and Chipping of the Teeth are Dental Emergencies

Cracking, breaking, or chipping of the teeth can happen when there’s trauma to the mouth. Or, if a person eats something that’s hard enough to crack teeth. It’s a common dental emergency that dentists address on a regular basis. And, it can be fixed with treatment. So, if you experience a cracked or broken tooth, you don’t have to worry. But, it should be addressed immediately. So, you should seek emergency dental care to have this addressed. Sometimes, with this type of dental emergency, there can be some pain. Therefore, if you need help managing pain before you get to your dentist’s office, you can use over-the-counter pain medications and/or a cold compress on your mouth. Feel free to call our office for some advice on managing your pain while we get you scheduled for a visit.

Riverbend Family Dentistry Helps With Dental Emergencies

Have a dental emergency? Riverbend Family Dentistry understands that you are worried about the health of your mouth. And, we can help get your mouth back into shape. We offer emergency dental services for our patients and can walk you through the process of getting back to optimal dental health. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, contact us as soon as you can to book an appointment with one of our experienced and qualified dentists.