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How to Know if You are Having a Dental Emergency or Not

Many people will have a dental emergency at some point, sometimes as a result of underlying oral health conditions or injuries. Our Rockland dentists provide advice about how to know if your dental issue is an emergency, and what to do.

What is a dental emergency?

Any problem with your teeth, mouth or gums that requires urgent dental treatment is a dental emergency. Specifically, this can include:

Broken, Chipped, or Knocked Out Tooth

A tooth that has been broken or chipped can usually be fixed, but it will need immediate dental attention. While less severe fractures might only require a filling from the dentist, more severe ones might necessitate a crown or root canal.

A dentist may be able to replace a knocked-out tooth within an hour of the incident if the tooth can be saved. Within this time frame, the tooth has a better chance of regaining its root. The likelihood dramatically decreases after two hours, necessitating the consideration of alternative measures.

Severe Toothache

Applying ice to the affected area will help relieve a toothache that won't go away with over-the-counter pain relievers. Then, as soon as you can, call your dentist because this is a dental emergency.

Toothaches can indicate potential major dental issues, and so it is important to take them seriously.

Lost Filling

The interior of your tooth is exposed when a filling is lost, weakening the tooth's structure. It's crucial to visit a dentist right away to have the filling replaced. A piece of softened sugarless gum can temporarily replace the filling in order to protect the area until you can see the dentist.

Object Lodged Between Teeth

Dentists should be contacted right away if any objects become stuck between your teeth because they can be dangerous. Don't try to remove the object yourself with a sharp object if you can't get it out with floss because you risk pushing it deeper between your teeth or hurting your gums.

Bitten Tongue or Lip

If you have uncontrollable bleeding after biting your tongue or lip, you should go to an emergency dental clinic. Meanwhile, apply a clean cloth to the bleeding area of the mouth and press down. Apply an ice pack to reduce swelling and seek emergency dental care.

Dental Abscess

A dental abscess is a collection of pus that forms inside the teeth or gums. This excruciatingly painful condition is usually caused by a bacterial infection, which occurs within the tooth's soft pulp or root. They can be caused by an untreated cavity, severe gum disease, or a chipped tooth.

Symptoms can range from a bad taste in your mouth to swollen glands, pain, pus, or a fever. Surgery is usually required to drain an abscessed tooth and treat it properly. Root canal surgery may be required to treat dental abscesses.

Are you experiencing a dental emergency? Our Rockland dentists will make every effort to see you as soon as possible and can often offer same-day appointments.

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