Do you need emergency dental care?
When you have a dental emergency or any other dental problem, you should contact your dentist immediately. Sometimes, situations that don’t seem serious can indicate dental emergencies. And other times, situations that seem severe aren’t actual dental emergencies. That’s why you must contact your dentist if you suspect you may need emergency dental care — the dentist will listen to your concerns, determine if you have a dental emergency, provide first-aid recommendations, and let you know if you need to visit the dental clinic.
According to American Family Physician, approximately 22% of all people have experienced dental pains in the past months, highlighting the sheer commonality of dental problems. However, not all dental situations are dental emergencies. You should only seek walk-in emergency dental care for true emergencies. For other dental situations, you can simply manage the situation at home and schedule an appointment at the dental clinic’s regular hours. But how do you determine if you truly need emergency dental care?
You need emergency dental care if…
- You have severe and persistent toothaches that don’t recede despite your best efforts.
- You have severe pain and bleeding from soft tissues.
- You have a severely fractured tooth — the crack extends underneath the gum line.
- Your tooth has been knocked out due to injuries, trauma, or accidents.
- Your tooth is loose even if it’s not causing any pain.
- You have signs of an infection, such as pus formation, foul taste in your mouth, fever, etc.
- Your gums are swollen or bleeding.
- Your soft tissues, such as the lips, gums, cheeks, or tongue, are severely injured.
You don’t need emergency dental care if…
- You can wait a day or two for the treatment.
- Your tooth is chipped, but the crack doesn’t go beyond the enamel.
- You have a mild toothache.
- You have lost a crown or filling.
Do you need emergency wisdom tooth removal?
The wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth, generally in your late teens or early 20s. Since wisdom teeth come out later than other teeth, they often fail to erupt completely. Sometimes, the wisdom teeth remain under the gum line, or they erupt at an awkward angle, which can affect the surrounding teeth or gum tissues. The wisdom teeth are considered to be vestigial organs without any functional properties. As such, if your wisdom tooth is impacted, you need wisdom tooth removal to protect your surrounding teeth.
The following are the signs indicating you need emergency wisdom tooth removal:
- Tender, swollen, or painful gums
- Bleeding gums
- Severe toothaches
- Tooth sensitivity
- Jaw pains
- Pus formation
What happens during emergency wisdom tooth extraction?
During your emergency wisdom tooth extraction, the dentist will take an x-ray to curate the ideal treatment plan. After delivering local anesthesia to ensure comfort, the dentist will lift the gum tissues around the tooth and then remove the wisdom tooth. In some cases, the dentist may need to cut the bone tissues around the wisdom tooth to dislodge and extract it piecemeal. The procedure can be performed under oral sedation or laughing gas to reduce anxiety. The dentist will place an antiseptic gauze in place to control the bleeding and offer pain medications.
My toothache went away. Do I still need emergency treatment?
Severe toothaches are often signs of serious infections within or around the tooth. This should be considered a dental emergency necessitating a root canal or tooth extraction, depending on the extent of the infection. However, in some cases, a severe toothache goes away automatically without external intervention. Patients often think this indicates they no longer need emergency treatment, but the reality is the opposite. If your toothache goes away, it’s an indication that the nerve within your tooth is dead, so the tooth has gone numb. This indicates that the infection has spread further into your tooth. You need emergency treatment to remove the infected pulp tissues and nerves and prevent the infection from spreading to the other teeth and gum tissues. Please contact your emergency dentist immediately.
Can a knocked-out tooth be put back in?
Yes, a knocked-out tooth can be placed back into the socket if the root hasn’t been damaged and you act quickly. Generally speaking, the chance of reattachment is highest the first hour after the tooth is knocked out, and the chance of restoration gradually reduces as time goes on. You should pick the knocked-out tooth up by the crown, rinse it clean using water, and place it in an airtight container with saliva, saltwater, or milk. This will preserve the tooth while you contact your emergency dentist in Houston. If the tooth is still alive and healthy, the dentist will reattach it to the socket. Otherwise, the dentist will discuss other restoration options, such as implants and bridges.
What helps unbearable tooth pain?
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to prevent infection.
- Floss your teeth to remove food items that may be stuck between your teeth.
- Apply a cold compress to your cheeks or jaws to reduce the swelling.
- Take over-the-counter pain medications, such as acetaminophen, to reduce the pain.
- Use home remedies, such as clove oils, to reduce pain.
- Bite down on a tea bag because the tannic acid offers relief.
- Contact your emergency dentist immediately.
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URBN Dental is one of the most reliable dental clinics for emergency dental care in Uptown and Midtown Houston, TX. If you have any of the signs or symptoms of dental emergencies, such as severe toothaches, abscesses, etc., please contact our emergency dentists today. Please schedule an appointment at our dental clinic in Uptown Houston or Midtown Houston, TX.