If you don’t visit your dentist regularly for checkups, you are likely not aware of an oral health problem existing until the issue has progressed to the point it becomes painfully evident. Even for individuals who regularly see the dentist twice per year, incidents can still arise. Specifically, the American Dental Association (ADA) describes a dental emergency as a situation that could be potentially life-threatening where it is necessary to obtain professional medical treatment such as:
The mouth is vascular meaning that when there is trauma excessive bleeding is likely to occur. This can be shocking to see and make one become overly anxious and worked up. The important thing to do is to stay calm. Staying cool under pressure and acting fast is important to obtaining the treatment you need for your dental emergency. The same thing goes for pain. Mouth pain can be significant, but remaining cool and collected will help you get the immediate attention you need to fix the problem.
Quick attention and action are necessary, so after an oral injury, it is important to call the emergency room or your dentist straight away. Obtaining medical attention rapidly will help you avoid further complications and negative health developments. If you lost a tooth, for instance, you could have an underlying infection that must be treated. Now, if you did knock out a permanent tooth, the key is to keep it moist at all times. Keep it wet until you see your dentist. There are a couple of ways to effectively do this, including trying to put it back in its socket or placing it between your cheek and gums. If you want to keep it out of your mouth, placing it in milk works too.
Cracked teeth can come with pain or without. If you have a cracked tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water, then make a cold compress to place over the injured region of your face so you can combat the swelling. Then, get in contact with your San Diego family dentist to have your tooth looked at so you can have options to consider when you decide to fix it.
If you have pain from chewing or drinking hot or cold liquids, it could be too exposed roots. It could also be because of another issue not so benign. To rule out anything that could potentially be life-threatening, see a California family dentist so you can be sure and to get guidance on products or procedures that can both alleviate but also prevent your pain.
To avoid an avoidable dental emergency don’t chew hard objects, wear a mouthguard during sports, and don’t allow your teeth to replace scissors or bottle openers. If you do experience a dental emergency in San Diego, McBride Dental offers San Diego sedation dentistry services. Call us immediately should you be facing a dental emergency at (760) 471-1003.