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When To Visit The Dentist In A Dental Emergency

July 29, 2021

Dental emergencies are severe conditions that must be treated in time and should never be taken lightly because they can worsen with time and cause some fatal diseases and health issues. These conditions depend on the person who is facing that emergency and the severity of the case. It may sometimes happen that something as simple as a chipped tooth could constitute a dental emergency to someone who cares about their facial appearance and aesthetics.

What Are Dental Emergencies?

When a patient experiences extreme symptoms such as pain, swelling, or redness in the mouth, excessive bleeding from the gums, a displaced tooth that stuck in the gums, or a tooth that has been accidentally knocked out; it’s crucial in such time that the patient must see a dentist right away regardless of the time of day. However, if a dental issue is not causing you any symptoms such as pain, swelling, or discomfort, there’s no need to seek any dental emergency service.

The patients experiencing dental emergency will typically seek emergency dentistry services if they face a severe injury to their face or mouth that must need urgent medical attention and care.

Common dental emergencies:

Some of the common dental emergencies that needed to get cure immediately include the following:

  • Toothache due to trauma, infection, or some other reasons
  • Tooth decay caused by caries, microbial invasion, or trauma
  • Chipped or broken teeth as a result of a trauma
  • A Knocked-out tooth that occurs due to any cause
  • Lose of filling or crown of a tooth
  • Some broken orthodontics appliances
  • Dental or pulpal abscess due to microbial invasion
  • Bleeding, swelling, redness, and pain after tooth extraction.

Home remedies that are helpful in a dental emergency:

  • Clove oil

Clove oil is a popular home remedy to treat dental emergencies such as toothaches. Cloves contain an active ingredient called eugenol, which numbs the skin it touches. Clove oil is the extract of cloves that can be of help in such regards.

Clove oil is considered a safer tooth relieving medication in general but is not recommended for children.

  • Saltwater rinse

Gargling with a saltwater rinse can be of great help in relieving tooth pain.

Salt is an antiseptic agent that can also help in the reduction of inflammation. Rinsing the mouth with salt water helps to promote healthy gums and improves the healing of sores or ulcers in the oral cavity.

  • Hydrogen peroxide rinse

For temporary relief from the symptoms of dental emergencies, rinsing the mouth with a dilute solution of hydrogen peroxide. This diluted hydrogen peroxide rinse may also help to reduce gum inflammation

  • Garlic

Garlic is also considered an effective toothache relieving agent. Garlic contains a compound called allicin, which has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties to prevent the tooth from attack by microbes.

  • Peppermint tea

Peppermint tea may also help reduce pain symptoms by making the affected area of the mouth numb to reduce the sensation of pain. Peppermint tea also contains antimicrobial properties, so it helps fight against the oral bacteria that lead to tooth decay and thus pain and other symptoms.

Emergency over-the-counter medication to relieve toothache:

There present some over-the-counter drugs and other products nowadays to treat a toothache. Some of such pain-relieving drugs and products include the following:

  • NSAIDs:

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or naproxen (Aleve), are considered the effective pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory medication that target inflammation and can give you some respite from the pain and inflammation.

But, prolonged use of ibuprofen can cause irritation and damage to the stomach, kidneys, and liver.

  • Acetaminophen:

For patients who can’t take NSAIDs, acetaminophen (Tylenol) is a good option for temporary relief from toothache. Before using the drug, it is advisable to read the label and follow instructions carefully for the correct dosage. Taking too much acetaminophen could also result in damage to the liver.

  • Toothache Drops and Gels: Medicated gels or drops can also help to reduce the symptoms of a toothache. These types of products typically contain ingredients like benzocaine, which helps numb painful areas when applied topically.
  • Temporary fillings: Temporary tooth fillings are also considered useful pain-relieving products and include repair kits to soften the edge of a lost previous filling or a loose cap. These repair kits are for temporary use and aren’t meant to last long, so there’s a need to contact a dentist to have the temporary filling replaced with a permanent one.

Emergency Services provided by the Dentist:

 Here are some dental emergencies and their treatment:

  • A Broken or Chipped Tooth: If the patient has undergone trauma and got the tooth fractured or broken, the first recommendation is to rinse the mouth with lukewarm salty water to clean the gums. It’ll also help in relieving the pain. A dentist can also save the extruded tooth if the patient brings the dislodged tooth to the visit.
  • A Missing Crown: A missing crown may look like a minor dental issue, but a common type of dental emergency requires immediate treatment. If the patient notice that a crown is missing, they must be head to our dental office to get the missing crown restored or replaced.
  • Gums That Bleed Easily: If a patient has bleeding gums that start to worsen, there’s a need to seek an emergency dental service to examine the area for the signs of a more significant issue.
  • Knocked Out or Removed Tooth: A tooth with an abscess formation due to a fall, forceful or traumatic damage to the teeth is another dental emergency requiring fast treatment. It is possible to restore the original tooth by storing it in a container full of milk and bringing the extracted tooth to the dentist during the visit.

If you’re in search of an emergency dentist, get in touch right away. We offer patients 24-hour emergency dental services at our clinic named Dental Innovations Mesa. If you have any questions please get in touch with our expert dental team!