If you are experiencing a dental emergency, the first thing you should do right away is call your local dentist. You can call to schedule an appointment or walk in and speak with the office personnel. If you are having a dental emergency and need information on what to do, check out some of our tips, below.
Assess the Situation: How Serious is the Problem?
The first step is to avoid panicking so you can properly assess the situation. Rational thought will help you work through the process. Take deep breaths to clear your head so you can determine if the problem is urgent. Some issues can wait overnight or even a couple of days, while others require more immediate attention. The following are some common examples of dental emergencies where you should seek help right away:
- Constant bleeding without stopping
- Knocking out, removing, or loosening a permanent tooth
- Jaw that has been physically damaged
- Swelling that causes pain in the mouth and won’t go down
- Persistent toothache that causes extreme pain in the mouth
Broken, Chipped, and Cracked Teeth
Examples of a non-urgent dental emergency are losing your fillings, breaking or cracking a tooth (including chipping), broken dental gear like a retainer/night guard, or a persistent dull toothache. In these cases you should call your dental office and schedule an appointment to have the dentist check out the situation and fix any problems.
Swelling in the Mouth
You should take swelling very seriously as it could be a sign of an infection or some other serious issue in your mouth. You do not want to wait very long if you have swelling in the mouth because the swelling could advance to bleeding and the problems in your mouth could go from bad to worse in a matter of hours or up to a day. Further damage can also be prevented by going in for a dentist appointment right away.
Bleeding in the Mouth
You should always be concerned with bleeding in your mouth. Bloody gums when you brush your teeth can be a sign of gum disease, a series dental infection that requires prompt treatment. Bleeding inside of your mouth is especially serious when it is constant and will not cease. In cases such as this, you should call the dentist as soon as possible and get an emergency appointment scheduled to take care of the problem. Bleeding could signal serious dental problems and an urgent emergency. You will need a dentist and dental professionals to take care of this.
Prevention is the best way to handle dental health issues and avoid problems like a dental emergency. Go in for regular appointments with your dentist. Getting your teeth and gum cleanings and assessments of your dental health regularly is key to stopping any problems before they start, or before they get even worse. Make sure to always brush and floss your teeth, gums, and tongue daily to avoid plaque buildup and periodontal disease.