Most of the time you plan for your dental care, and as you work with your dentist, you plan and schedule dental work ahead of time to avoid inconveniences. However, this may not always be the case. You may require urgent dental care assistance unexpectedly for various reasons. At such times you need emergency dental care specialists such as Dr. Shebani Pahwa Arora of SPA Dental Group.
No matter how small you might think a dental emergency is, it is a good idea to contact your dentist and know what to do next. The following are five common dental emergencies you should never ignore.
- Knocked-Out Tooth
If your tooth gets knocked out, you require immediate care. What you have to do is pick up your tooth by the crown without touching the root and try to return it to the socket without forcing it. If it can’t get in, put it between your cheek and gums or store it in some milk. You can contact your provider at SPA Dental Group for more guidance and to book an appointment right away. Note that a knocked out tooth has high chances of being saved if you are attended to within an hour of your knockout.
- Partially Dislodged or Loose Tooth
Although most people tend to ignore a loose tooth until they can schedule an appointment, please don’t be among them. Doing so decreases the chances of saving the tooth, and it might end up needing to be extracted. However, if you experience a partially dislodged or loose tooth, chances are very high to save the tooth if you contact your dentist immediately. If you go to the office as soon as possible, you can help yourself by using light pressure to put the tooth back to the position and also take some over-the-counter pain medications if appropriate. You can also apply some ice to ease any swelling or pain.
- Severe Toothache
Toothache can be caused by several factors and can also be a symptom of several dental complications. Sometimes this pain can be managed through over-the-counter medications. However, if the condition fails to improve or you experience sudden pain, it is time to seek emergency dental care. You can contact your provider at SPA Dental Group as you prepare to reach the office as soon as possible. You can also help yourself by rinsing your mouth with some warm water. You can also gently floss to ensure that you don’t have something wedged between your teeth that could be causing or accelerating the pain.
- Fractured, Cracked, or Chipped Teeth
If your tooth gets broken in any way, don’t wait to seek dental care. Sometimes conditions such as chipped teeth may not cause pain, but it doesn’t mean it does not require immediate attention. In this situation, be careful while you chew to avoid breaking the tooth more. Fractured and cracked teeth tend to require immediate attention as a dental emergency.
- Sudden swelling
If you experience sudden swelling in your mouth or face, it can indicate several complications. Therefore, this is not a condition to take lightly. It can be rather serious, requiring immediate attention. This is because you could be experiencing an abscessed tooth, or your tooth can be severely infected, which is not a joke, and you should not wait.
If you experience any of the above complexities, contact SPA Dental Group emergency dental care experts for guidance.