When you’re experiencing dental pain, it’s easy for any discomfort to feel like an emergency. However, a dental emergency refers to a situation involving unexpected severe pain, discomfort, or trauma to the mouth.Neglecting a serious dental issue is never advisable and can lead to permanent damage if not promptly treated. Read on to discover some of the most common dental emergencies and how to respond when faced with one.

1. Knocked-Out or Broken Tooth:

When you notice that your tooth has fallen out or suffered a severe break, the first step is to call our dental office. We will adjust our schedule to accommodate you as soon as possible. In the meantime, follow these home instructions:

For knocked-out teeth:
1. Find the tooth and pick it up by the crown (top part).
2. If the tooth is dirty, rinse the root with water but avoid scrubbing or removing any attached tissue.
3. If possible, try placing the tooth back in its socket. Do not force it. If reinsertion is not feasible, hold it in your mouth or place it in a glass of milk while en route to our office.
4. Arrive at our dental office within an hour of the tooth being knocked out, as this provides the greatest chance of saving it.

For broken teeth:
1. Save any broken tooth pieces and rinse them, along with your mouth, with warm water.
2. If there is bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area.
3. If swelling occurs, place a cold compress on the outside of your mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken tooth.
4. See one of our emergency dentists as soon as possible.

2. Severe Toothache:

Tooth pain is often an indication of an underlying issue and should be taken seriously.
If you’re dealing with extended or severe tooth pain, contact our emergency dentists. We can provide the relief you need and treat the underlying problem. In the meantime, try these home remedies:

For an intense toothache:
1. Rinse your mouth with warm water and use dental floss to remove any lodged food or debris.
2. To reduce swelling, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek.
3. Avoid placing painkillers against the gums near the tooth, as it may cause gum tissue burns.
4. See one of our emergency dentists as soon as possible.

3. Dental Abscess:

Dental abscesses are infections that occur around the root of a tooth, causing damage to the surrounding tissue and teeth. If left untreated, the infection can spread and become life-threatening.

Our dentists may recommend root canal therapy to treat the abscess and save the tooth. In cases where the tooth is beyond repair, extraction may be necessary. To alleviate pain and draw pus towards the surface, gently rinse your mouth with a warm salt water solution. However, be sure to visit our dentists as soon as possible.

4. Bleeding Gums:

Excessive bleeding and discomfort in your gums may indicate some form of periodontal disease. However, if you recently injured your gums, the likelihood of gum disease is not as high.

Regardless of the cause, if your gums are bleeding, try the following:

1. Rinse your mouth with a mild saltwater solution.
2. Apply pressure to the affected area with a moist piece of gauze or a tea bag for 15-20 minutes.
3. Place a cold compress on the outside of the mouth or cheek in the bleeding area for 5-10 minutes.
4. If the bleeding does not seem to stop, Seek treatment immediately and continue to apply pressure on the bleeding site until you receive treatment.

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

Are you in pain due to mouth trauma or a recent injury? Our emergency dentists in Midtown Smile Dental Care Kitchener strongly urge you to visit our dental office as soon as possible. We can provide the necessary treatment to restore your smile. Call Midtown Family Dental Care at 519-576-7262 today or contact us online.

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