Is this a true dental Emergency and when to contact a 24/7 emergency dentist.
There are several reasons for why the conditions in the mouth can change quite suddenly and require you to see an 24/7 emergency dentist. Swelling, pain, broken teeth, and even bleeding can occur when there are lapses in home-care routines, illnesses, the taking of certain medications, injuries, bacterial infections, or the aging of restorations. It is usually recommended when these situations arise to see a qualified 24/7 emergency dentist as soon as possible; however, in certain situations, a lapse of a few days before being seen will not actually cause any real harm.
Here at Lincoln Family Dentistry, we have designed a guide for you to aid you in considering the risk of waiting a few extra days or weeks before contacting 24/7 emergency dentist if you believe your situation may be in fact a dental emergency. There are home remedies that can be helpful for short term if it is impossible to see a dentist right way, but it should be noted that any change that takes place that has the potential to increase in intensity over time and should be examined right away. Additionally, we recommend calling your dentist before undertaking any home-care remedies so that he can ascertain whether or not they are appropriate for your current situation or for any pre-existing conditions.
Dental Emergency #1:Pain. Do you need a 24/7 emergency dentist?
- Call 24/7 Emergency dentist if :
If you ever are experiencing significant pain or any pain that lingers in the mouth, call your dentist. The following are a list of symptoms that you should be sure to mentions should you be experiencing them:
- Pain that lingers or that is shooting
- pain experienced from hot or cold temperatures
- pain trigged by the pressure of biting
- pain that is waking you from sleep
- pain that throbs
- swelling in the face or cheeks
- fever along with pain
Do not ignore a toothache. It is not uncommon to sprain a tooth and experience some sort of achiness for a few days when chewing. There could even be a generalized achiness in several of the teeth because of habits of clenching and grinding. It is also typical for a tooth that has been recently bleached or teeth that have recession to be sensitive to cold. However, if a single tooth begins to consistently ache or throb, you can be sure that there is something more serious occurring. You should contact your emergency dentist right away or contact our Lincoln Emergency dentist 24/7
In the meantime, there are some over-the-counter pain medications that are able to alleviate the pain for a time; this does not heal the tooth though. You should not allow yourself to believe that there is no problem just because regular pain relievers take the pain away. The problematic conditions that caused the toothache are still there and will continue to worsen, with or without pain medication.
Dental Emergency #2: Swelling Do you need a 24/7 emergency dentist?
- Call a 24/7 emergency dentist if:
If swelling begins to set in, an abscess is able to develop very quickly, and this can happen even if you are not experiencing pain. Call an emergency dentist as soon as you can if you have the following symptoms:
- a swollen cheek
- a white bump on your gums
- Go to the Emergency Room:
- if the swelling increases visibly
- there is discoloration of the skin
- there is swelling that spreads across the face or down the neck
Swelling is a symptom that should never be ignored. When swelling develops, the immune system is attempting to react to an infection and the inflammation can increase rapidly if it is not attended to quickly. Swelling that occurs in the check or on the gums in the form of a white bump is caused by a dental infection. There may not be pain, but dental treatment should be sought after as soon as possible.
If left untreated, tooth and gum infections can lead to more problems that simply dental. Infection anywhere in the body puts stress on the whole immune system, so not only will mouth infections lead to tooth or bone loss, but they can lead to massive systemic infection or even death.
Dental Emergency #3: Broken Teeth or Restorations. Do you need a 24/7 emergency dentist
- Call a 24/7 emergnecy dentist if :
Even if there is no pain, call your 24/7 emergency dentist within a few days if you suffer a broken tooth. Although it may be safe to wait several days or a couple of weeks before seeking treatment, it is impossible to determine until you are examined by a dental professional. Your 24/7 emergency dentist can also offer you safe and effective advice for taking care of the broken tooth at home while waiting for treatment.
- Go to the Emergency Room if:
If along with breaking your tooth you have suffered a head injury, or damaged your jaw, go to the Emergency room first before contacting your dentist. If you are experiencing a concussion, it is a serious condition that your dentist will not be able to treat. Additionally, an severe bleeding or cuts to the face should be treated in the emergency room before consulting your dentist about injuries to the teeth or jaw.
There are many reasons why a tooth or a filling or even a crown can break. Not only do they age and so gradually weaken over time, but accidents happen and biting on something very hard can have unforeseen consequences. If this happens to you, do not hesitate or wait to address these dental issues. If there is no pain, or if the breakage/damage is slight, it is still imperative that you contact your dentist soon so that the both of you can determine how long you are able to wait before a consultation about the matter. While is many cases broken dental work or natural teeth are able to wait a few days without increased damaged, a conversation with your dentist is the only way to determine that and how soon dental treatment should be completed. Always contact an emergency dentist in a dental emergency.
Before getting in to see an emergency dentist, there are some things you can do at home to help you be more comfortable. Always be wary when searching for home remedies online or even when considering the well-meant advice of friends or colleagues. Seek the advice of a 24/7 emergency dentist for the safest advice that takes your specific medical history into consideration.
Never do this at Home!
Although you have several options when attempting to make your broken tooth or restoration more bearable when waiting to see the dentist, it is always best to speak with your emergency dentist on the matter before trying anything. He will be able to inform you on the temporary home-care remedies that are most appropriate for your condition and your previous experiences. The following are things that you should NEVER attempt at home:
- If your tooth was knocked out, never try to reimplant the tooth on your own. There are accidents that occur where the tooth is knocked completely out of its socket, with the root intact. This is called an avulsed tooth. They are more common in children than adults, but nevertheless, still happen to adults. If this happens, there is a chance that it is possible to reimplant the tooth. If you can find the tooth, a successful reimplantation depends on the accomplishing of the following steps:
- Rinse the tooth off with water, but do not use any sort of soap or disinfectant.
- Place the tooth in a cup of cow’s milk. Soy, etc. will not be sufficient.
- Get to your emergency dentist as soon as you can.
- Do not try to reimplant the tooth by yourself!
Reimplanting a knocked-out tooth is time sensitive; the longer you wait, the less chance of success there is for reimplantation. However, your life is more important than a single tooth; if you have any concerns about any other serious injuries you might have sustained during the accident, get to an ER. Take the tooth with you in a cup of milk, because there may be an oral surgeon available at the hospital to assist with reimplanting that tooth while your other injuries are being cared for.
- Never use super glue or any other type of glue to recement a broken tooth or broken crown, or their consequential pieces. Glue is not safe to use inside your mouth. Also, your dentist will have difficulty removing any super glue from your teeth and will likely destroy a restoration that could have been mended.
- If your crown has come off, do not wear it with anything but the temporary cement your dentist gave you to hold it in place. It can be easy to forget that your crown is not cemented into place, which can cause you to swallow it while you are sleeping or even eating. If you swallow a crown that has sharp edges, it is able to cause damage to your soft tissues, including your esophagus. If the crown is swallowed and causes you to choke or cough, it can be aspirated into your lungs, which is extremely dangerous. Most pharmacies will carry temporary dental cement, and it is the best in home solution to use until you can get into your dentist and have the crown permanently recemented.
- Do not wait more than a week to have a crown permanently recemented. The temporary cement that works for a time is not adequate in sealing and guarding against decay for long periods of time. More so, if you choose not to wear the crown at all until you are seen by your dentist, the position of the remaining tooth structure might shift. You may be required to have an entire new crown made if it is impossible to recement the old crown.
- Never use sticky glue or gum to “glue” down a crown or piece of tooth in place. These are not effective and they can also feed cavity-causing bacteria, which will damage your existing tooth structure.
- Never use any sort of sharp metal object or power tool inside your mouth in trying to smooth out a sharp edge. See your dentist as soon as you can if a broken tooth is sharp enough to cut your tongue or cheek. In the meantime, use a small ball of orthodontic wax to cover the sharp edge. This is available at most pharmacies and will help avoid any cutting inside the mouth until your dental appointment.
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