Imagining a dental emergency usually conjures mental images of someone with a missing or chipped tooth. While a damaged tooth is 100% classified as a dental emergency, many would be surprised to find out that oral catastrophes are quite common and come in many shapes and forms. From infected gums, fractured teeth, busted wires, and more read further for types of possible dental emergencies and the best course of action for you to avoid them in the future.
Types of Dental Emergencies:
Knocked out teeth
Teeth being knocked out. Maybe it’s happened to you or someone you’ve known. It’s a painful experience, but it doesn’t have to be a permanent one. After a tooth is knocked out, there are a few things you must do to avoid infection and prepare the tooth for possible restoration. Depending on the severity of the accident, the tooth may fit back in its socket to be held until further examination by a healthcare professional. It’s always of the utmost importance that you make sure the socket is completely rinsed out before attempting to place the missing tooth back in. If the tooth cannot be re-inserted, it is advised to preserve the tooth in a cup of lightly salted milk or water before taking it to a dental clinic for emergency restoration. A way to avoid knocked-out teeth is by wearing a mouth guard. The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation conducted a study that showed almost 3 million missing teeth injuries were caused by sports accidents. A mouth guard not only protects your teeth but holds your jaw in place. Mouth guards can be bought in a variety of materials and sizes and should be worn whenever playing sports with physical contact.
Our mouths are prone to infection the same way the rest of our bodies are. Abscess shouldn’t be taken lightly, as the repercussions if left untreated are quite severe. Abscess is when pus collects between or on the root of teeth in what looks like a breakout of pimples. It is a bacterial infection that causes swelling and sharp pain in your gums. An abscess is especially dangerous as the infection can spread from your teeth to your gum tissue, and eventually if left untreated for long enough, the rest of your body. Rinsing with water, and the application of ice are great ways to tame the pain of an abscess, but it is important to see an oral hygienist or another healthcare professional as fast as possible. To avoid abscess and the possibility of infectious gums, it’s always important to keep your gums in optimal shape. Gum protection isn’t rocket science. Keeping healthy gums is as easy as maintaining a consistent brushing routine and always remembering to brush all surrounding crevices of your mouth.
Braces are meant to last. Their thick wires and firm placement inside our mouths make them pretty hard to tear apart. This doesn’t mean they are indestructible, though, even braces can split off and lose their position in your mouth. Braces work best when resting in their original position. If they become misaligned or skewed, wires can come loose and poke gums and teeth. Nobody wants pieces of twisted metal in their mouths, that’s why it’s important to book an appointment with your dentist immediately upon misalignment. In the meantime, you can attempt to push the wire in position and apply orthodontic wax to keep the exposed wire covered. Broken orthodontics can be avoided by only eating foods that don’t put too much strain on braces or wires. It is best to avoid foods like popcorn, potato chips, hard candy and other extremely solid foods that put a strain on your braces.
Cranberry Hill Dentistry – Waterdown Dental Clinic
At Cranberry Hill Dentistry, we are equipped for all dental emergencies. Our excellent team of professionals knows how to remain calm under pressure, even when dealing with the most severe injuries. Cranberry Hill Dentistry not only takes care of your teeth but your entire oral structure. We work hard to leave you with a bright, confident smile. For dental emergencies and all other family dental services, don’t hesitate to book your appointment with Cranberry Hill Dentistry today.