Most people don’t picture tooth -related problems when they think of medical emergencies. Nevertheless, it’s important for all of us to know what to do in case of an unexpected dental health issue. With that in mind, here are some tips from an emergency dentist in Medford.
What to Do If a Tooth Is Knocked out
Possible causes for this problem include auto crashes, sports -related injuries or simple inattention. In any event, here are some tips to help you through the situation:
- Take the tooth with you to the dentist if possible. Pick the tooth up by the crown, not the root. This will help to maximize chances of reimplantation.
- If the sufferer is an adult, then you may be able to reinsert the tooth in its socket. Sometimes a dentist can instruct the patient on how to do this, either online or over the phone.
- See a dentist right away. If you can’t, then head for the closest emergency room.
What to Do If a Tooth Is Chipped or Broken
Small cracks or chips can often be corrected with dental resin or a filling. If the damage is more extensive, then you may require a crown, bridge or implant. You should save the broken portion of tooth if possible and bring it with you to the dentist. Cover the portion of the tooth that’s still in your mouth with a piece of sugar-free gum or paraffin wax to prevent flesh wounds from jagged edges. Avoid applying heat or cold without the dentist’s approval, as either could cause severe pain and possibly nerve damage.
What to Do If Your Mouth Is Bleeding
Many conditions can cause bleeding from the mouth. If you notice blood while flossing, then the cause is probably sensitive gums or possibly gingivitis. Blood in your saliva can be caused by something as simple as an open sore or a more serious condition like advanced gum disease. Rarely, uncontrolled bleeding can follow a tooth extraction. In any event, you should seek medical help right away. If you can’t get to a dentist, then go to a clinic or your emergency room.
If You Notice an Unusual Spot or Pimple on Your Gums
This may be a sign of an abscess, especially if the discoloration is whitish, red or yellow. Make an appointment to see a dentist as soon as possible. Avoid popping the abscess and brush and floss with care. An untreated abscess may signal a dead or dying tooth. The most common form of treatment for this problem is a root canal, although extractions can be performed in many cases.
If Your Mouth or Teeth Hurt When You Bite Something
This is symptom has many potential causes, including a cracked tooth, muscle soreness from nighttime tooth grinding or even an abscess. Avoid using the tooth to chew food and make an appointment to see your dentist in Medford within the next few days.
Hopefully you will never need the knowledge presented in this post. But taking the time to learn these skills now may save you from needless pain and suffering in the future. We wish you plenty of happy smiles, both now and for all the years to come.
About the Author
Dr. Richard Bradshaw is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He has completed advanced training in a number of specialty fields, including root canals, sedation dentistry and implants. His practice is currently offering a free dental exam and x-rays for new patients. You can reach his office online or by calling (541) 200-6747.