Dental health is a crucial part of our overall wellness. Keeping our teeth and gums healthy should always be a priority. For the most part, our trips to the dentist's clinic are scheduled in advance.
We often call ahead of time to set an appointment. But there are instances that we would need urgent dental care, and dentists can also accommodate dental emergencies.
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So what would qualify as cases wherein emergency dental treatment is needed? Read on to find out.
1. Fractured tooth
There are many reasons why a tooth (or teeth) may be fractured, but the most common is accidents or injuries. Chips and cracks may expose the sensitive nerve endings of the tooth and may or may not cause pain, depending on the size and severity of the fracture.
2. Displaced tooth
Displaced, knocked-out, in dental lingo, 'avulsed' permanent tooth can be problematic, as you won't grow a new one, unlike when you lose a milk tooth. However, there is still a way you can salvage your displaced tooth.
3. Severe toothache
A severe toothache may warrant urgent treatment from your dentist, especially if the pain cannot be relieved with analgesics and pain relievers. Bleeding can be a sign that you need to go to the dentist quickly.
4. Severe infection
Like severe toothaches, severe oral infections cannot be relieved with pain medication and need to be checked by a dentist quickly. Signs of oral infection include swelling of the gums, cheeks, jawline, and the areas surrounding the mouth.