Recognizing a Dental Emergency

Few things in life are more painful and urgent than a toothache, but not all dental emergencies are accompanied by sharp pain. If toothache was associated with all dental emergencies at an early stage, then a lot of damage could be avoided as pain is usually the most common trigger which sends people to the dentist immediately. The pain will come, and it will probably be severe, but by then the damage could already be quite serious. There are some dental issues which you may not deem to be too serious, but the following should always be treated as a dental emergency.

Recognizing a Dental Emergency

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Large Fractures and Breaks

A chipped tooth or a small crack is not necessarily an emergency, but if the chip or the fracture is large or deep, you need to book an emergency appointment with the dentist as soon as possible. Any delays in treatment might result in intense pain and even loss of the broken tooth. Contact a clinic such as  Macleod Trail Dental in such emergency situations as they offer same-day, walk-in appointments in Calgary for urgent cases.

Painful Swelling

Painful swelling in general indicates an abscess and they don’t go away on their own; abscesses are actually centers for bacterial infections, which causes swelling due to puss accumulation in the area. It is a serious condition and unless it is treated as soon as possible with antibiotics and other appropriate measures, the infection will spread to other parts of the mouth and body. The swelling may only be mildly painful in the beginning, but the intensity will only increase with time, so it is imperative that you treat any significant swelling in the oral cavity as an emergency, whether it is accompanied by severe or mild pain.

Tooth Loss

It can happen to anyone and it is never good for obvious reasons. A stray baseball, a punch, an accident or the unwise decision to open a beer bottle with one’s teeth; the reasons can be anything and everything, but the loss of a tooth does not always need to be permanent. What this means is if a tooth has just fallen out of your mouth for one reason or the other, it can be reinstalled by the dentist. However, a lot depends on how you preserve the tooth. Here are a few emergency tips to keep a knocked-out tooth from rotting before getting to the dentist:

  • Pick up the tooth by the crown and wash it in milk, but don’t rinse it
  • Store it in a glass of milk or in the empty socket in your mouth
  • Water and saliva will do too, if milk is not an option

Aside from the ones we already discussed, there’s always the most obvious sign of them all, which is of course, intense pain. If you have toothache, you need to see a dentist, but if the pain is sharp and severe, the need is definitely urgent, and your body is telling you that.