Most people underestimate the role of an emergency dentist, but, if you’ve ever had teeth knocked out or severe damage to your jaw, you will know how scary dental emergencies can be. At Cox Family Dentistry, we have a highly skilled dental team that is ready to take on any emergency, no matter its severity.
What is a dental emergency?
A dental emergency is any dental problem causing unbearable pain and preventing you from carrying on with your daily life. These could include damage to your teeth or mouth from sudden accidents or sports injuries. Common dental emergencies include things like knocked out teeth, chipped teeth, abscessed teeth, etc.
If you experience severe pain or unusual bleeding and swelling, you should see an emergency dentist as soon as possible. Compared to other medical emergencies, people often underestimate the seriousness of dental emergencies because they don’t involve significant organs and so, aren’t as life-threatening. But, some dental emergencies need to be tackled with as soon as possible because treating them later can be more troublesome.
For example, abscessed teeth have infections at the root of the tooth. If left untreated, the infection will eventually affect other vital organs and lead to a far more severe situation. In the more serious cases, it could even lead to a brain abscess.
What are the most common types of dental emergencies?
It's accidents and sports injuries that cause the most common dental emergencies. For instance, knocking out a tooth while playing sports or falling to the ground. Common dental emergencies include:
- Damage to the soft tissue in the mouth, such as the lips or cheeks
- Abscessed teeth or gums, where there’s an infection in or around the root of the teeth. It often shows like a pimple-like swelling in the gums. If ignored, the infection will spread to other parts of the body like the brain, where it will damage the tissues.
- Lost crown or filling. A lost filling can be painful and leave the tooth’s dentin exposed to the air and bacteria. See a dentist as soon as you can and bring the fallen crown or filling with you.
- Knocked out teeth are common in contact sports and accidents. The sooner you see an emergency specialist, the higher the chance will be of saving the knocked-out tooth. Ideally, it should be re-inserted to its socket in an hour or less.
- If your toothache is causing you intolerable, throbbing pain, see a dentist as soon as possible.
Why do I need an emergency dentist?
Emergency dental care can save you a lot of time and stress if you encounter a dental emergency outside operating hours of a typical dental practice. A lot of standard dental clinics also offer emergency dental care, but not all do.
You could also save time and paperwork if your regular dentist also offers emergency dental care.
It’s easy to underestimate a dental emergency until it happens! If you’re after an emergency dentist, our Cox Family Dentistry practice offers some of the best emergency dental care services in the business.
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