Common Types of Dental Emergencies

Common Types of Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can occur at any time and without any warning. These emergencies can be painful and scary. But in most cases, they are not as dangerous as they seem. Here are the common dental emergencies:

Broken/Chipped Tooth

A broken or chipped tooth can happen when you least expect it, from a sports-related injury to biting down on a hard object. These teeth injuries can be quite painful and should be treated as soon as possible. If you chip your tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to the area to reduce swelling. Some types of chips can be smoothed down using dental bonding material. For more serious breaks, a dentist may need to place a crown over the tooth to restore its function and health.

Lost Filling

If you’ve lost or chipped your filling, your dentist may be able to repair it. However, if your filling is very old and damaged, you may need to replace it entirely. Don’t delay treatment because missing teeth can cause teeth to shift out of alignment, leading to bite problems and headaches. Plus, leaving spaces in your mouth allows bacteria to build up, which may lead to cavities and other serious health issues. Contact our office to schedule an appointment as soon as possible so that we can replace your missing tooth enamel with a dental filling.

Knocked Out Tooth

When a tooth is knocked out, it is important to rinse it immediately with water to remove any dirt or debris from the tooth. If the tooth can be left in the mouth and the dentist can reattach it to the socket within an hour, there is a chance of saving the tooth with an emergency treatment like a root canal and a dental crown. However, if the knocked-out tooth cannot be saved, the options include replacing the tooth with a dental implant or a dental bridge.

A dental implant involves surgically placing a small titanium screw into the jawbone to replace the missing tooth root. Once the implant has fused with the bone, an artificial tooth is attached to the post. The crown will look natural and be fully functional, but it will require proper care, including regular brushing and flossing to prevent infection. If a dental implant is not an option due to bone density or other concerns, a dental bridge can be used to restore the smile after one or several teeth have been knocked out. The bridge uses crowns to anchor artificial teeth in place. Like an implant, proper oral hygiene is necessary to keep bridges in good condition, but they can be a cost-effective treatment if several teeth need to be replaced.

Abscess (Swelling)

An abscess is a painful infection in the bone or soft tissue of the mouth. The tooth may also become loose due to decay or gum disease. If you have a toothache, see your dentist right away. A severe abscess may even cause fever and illness. Your dentist can prescribe antibiotics to fight off infections that cause abscesses. 

To find out more about the dental services offered at Ustick Dental Office, call (208) 375-8720 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit the dentist in Boise, ID, at 9733, W Ustick Rd, Boise, ID 83704.

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