What Qualifies as a Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies can be painful and can severely affect your oral health as well. A permanent injury or damage can cause several problems in the future. Therefore, to handle dental emergencies, it’s important that the person knows when they should visit an emergency dental clinic without any delay. The following are some instances when you must make a dental visit.

Excruciating Pain

Dental pain can be unbearable at times. If you experience a severe toothache or pain in your oral cavity, then you need to visit an emergency dental clinic. There may be several reasons for dental pain such as tooth decay, food stuck between the teeth, gum diseases, etc. Therefore, it’s best to visit a dentist to get your dental health checked and reduce the pain.

Dental Bleeding

Dental bleeding could be due to gum diseases, a severe blow to the mouth, etc. Although you can try some home remedies to reduce the bleeding, it is recommended that you visit a dentist to identify the root cause of bleeding and get appropriate treatment.

Broken Tooth/Teeth

You need to visit an emergency dentist if you have a broken tooth because of the following reasons:

A broken tooth can be fixed if treatment is provided immediately.

If a broken tooth is not attended properly, it may lead to dental infection which can affect the adjacent teeth as well.

To check if other soft tissues such as gums are not damaged.

Dental Abscess

A dental abscess is a dental emergency in which a person’s gums develop a bacterial infection. When a person follows poor dental hygiene, the bacteria in the mouth cause infection between the teeth and the gums. This results in the formation of an abscess. The bacteria spreads across and inside the soft tissue of the gums. A dental abscess can lead to extreme pain, and you need to visit your dentist immediately before the situation worsens.

Problems with Dental Treatments

If you recently had some dental treatment such as installed dental implants or added a dental crown, then there are chances that they may become loose or come out. Broken braces may hurt the soft tissues in your mouth, and this can lead to dental bleeding as well. Likewise, a fallen crown leaves a gap in your tooth, and food particles may get stuck leading to tooth decay. Therefore, if you face any such issues, you need to visit a dentist to fix the problem as soon as possible.

A dental emergency should never be taken lightly. Always make it a point that you take good care of your teeth to avoid dental emergencies. Also, make sure you use the right protective equipment for your mouth while playing sports. If in case you face a dental emergency, do not delay in visiting an emergency dental clinic. Emergency dental clinics are often open even after regular dental timings, and you do not need to book your appointment to treat your condition.

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