What to do in a dental emergency

Dental emergencies come in many forms, and knowing how to respond to a particular situation you may be experiencing can be beneficial. It is always best to seek professional care when you experience dental pain, but some problems call for a more intensive response than others. You want to be aware of and prepared to take the necessary steps if a dental emergency occurs.

What would classify as a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is any pain or injury to the teeth, mouth or jaw that requires immediate attention. Here are a few different types of dental problems that would classify as dental emergencies:

  • Severe toothache: A toothache that causes unbearable pain and discomfort can be a sign of an advanced cavity, abscess or another infection in the mouth. Without prompt care, the condition can worsen and cause further damage.
  • Broken teeth: If you have a minor crack in your tooth, you can wait to schedule a regular appointment. However, you should take care of the issue as soon as possible if you are experiencing severe pain and bleeding.
  • Dislodged teeth: A fall, injury or accident can cause your teeth to push up further into your gums or move out of the socket. If this occurs, you will want a dental professional to look at your teeth.
  • Mouth injury: Injuries to soft tissue, like a deep cut on the lips or gums, can lead to severe bleeding and require swift attention.

How to handle a dental emergency

In severe cases, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room. Otherwise, contact your dentist when you experience a dental emergency or any pain you feel might require immediate attention. If it’s during office hours, they might be able to work you in for an appointment. You also have other options, such as visiting an emergency dentist outside of office hours.

In the meantime, you can alleviate the pain by taking over-the-counter pain medication, rinsing your mouth with warm water or applying a cold compress on the outside of your face.

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Dental emergency aftercare

An emergency appointment will often provide the treatment you need. The emergency dentist or doctor will also give instructions on caring for your teeth after your emergency. It is still essential to schedule a follow-up appointment with your family dentist to ensure everything is handled properly. If you’re currently in orthodontic treatment, it’s also essential to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist after seeing the emergency dentist to ensure your treatment is still on track.

Turn to the experts at Hess Orthodontics for dental help

Hess Orthodontics offers a wide range of services to correct irregularities that affect teeth alignment. You can come to us after your emergency, and we will help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile. Learn about our orthodontic services by scheduling a free consultation in West Coastal Florida. We are conveniently located in Riverview, Lithia, Apollo Beach, Parrish, Sarasota and Winter Haven, FL. Our experienced and friendly team of family orthodontists is here to help.