Emergency Dentistry

Emergency Dentistry

Emergency dentists provide immediate medical attention to patients with dental emergencies. Emergency dentists provide primary medical care to the patients and relieve them from distress and pain caused by dental issues. 

What Are Some Common Dental Emergencies?

The most common causes of dental emergencies arise from untreated cavities. Cavities start as a minor issue, but they grow and can cause significant discomfort and pain if left untreated. If not addressed, the cavity will expand more in-depth into your tooth and cause damage to the pulp and weaken the enamel. The tooth could also break. 

Another common reason for dental emergencies is trauma caused by an athletic injury or automobile accident. During such incidents, the tooth might break, chip, or get knocked out. It is best to reach out to an emergency dentist and seek immediate medical help in such situations. 

What Should You Do In Case of a Dental Emergency?

Knocked-out Tooth 

If your tooth is knocked out, first pick it up by the top part, namely the crown, without touching the root. The tooth should be carefully rinsed without scrubbing. The tooth can be reinserted into the socket if possible. In case you cannot reinsert the tooth, place the tooth in a glass of milk and contact the dentist as quickly as possible. This will give you a better chance of saving your tooth.

Chipped or Cracked Tooth

Chipped teeth are usually not considered an emergency, but one has to be extra careful while eating to prevent the tooth from chipping further. On the other hand, a cracked or fractured tooth can cause concern as the damage can happen to both the inside and outside of the tooth. A tooth cannot be saved if the fracture is too severe. In case you are in pain, visit the dentist immediately. The dentist will take an X-ray to diagnose the extent of damage to the tooth and determine the right course of treatment. If the tooth pulp is damaged, you may need a root canal. Otherwise, a crown might be sufficient. 

Dental Abscess

An abscessed tooth can be a dental emergency. In this condition, a pocket of pus accumulates inside the tooth, causing an infection. An abscessed tooth can lead to tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods, cause high fever, or a consistent toothache. If an abscessed tooth is left untreated, the infection could spread into the jaw and other surrounding tissues. An abscess is typically treated with a combination of antibiotics, an extraction, or a root canal.

How Can You Prevent Dental Emergencies?

Some dental emergencies can be prevented by:

  • Wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard while participating in sports or recreational activities to protect your teeth from concussions as well as fractures.
  • Avoiding chewing on ice and hard and crunchy foods.
  • Not using your teeth to cut or tear things. While your teeth are strong and durable, they can easily chip or break if too much force is applied.

Thunderbird Dental Studio located in Peoria, AZ offers high-quality dental care and is equipped with modern technologies for state-of-the-art dental treatments. For appointments, call (623) 933-6010 or book online.