10 most common dental emergencies

10 Most Common Dental Emergencies 

September 15, 2023

Ever wondered what are the most common dental emergencies and how you should handle them? 

In this short blog post, we'll outline the top 10 most common dental emergencies and provide essential steps for managing them until visiting a dentist.

1. You Fell and Injured Your Mouth

Whether you broke or cracked a tooth or you cut your tongue or cheek and are unable to control the bleeding, these accidents render an emergency visit to the dentist. 

2. Knocked Out Tooth

If you knocked a tooth out, try to locate it. Grab it by the crown, not the root, rinse it gently with water, and place it back into its socket or in a container with fresh water or milk. Call Carron Family Dental right away for a same-day appointment since acting quickly can save your tooth. 

3. Dental Pain

People often try to treat dental pain with OTC medication and avoid seeing the dentist. While medication can alleviate your symptoms, it won't treat the cause of the pain. Left untreated, a cavity can lead to an infection and increase the risk of tooth loss. Call a dentist near you immediately if you are experiencing pain. 

4. Tooth/Gum Infections

Are your gums swollen and tender to the touch? Or maybe you are experiencing intense tooth pain that is difficult to manage. You may be dealing with a gum or tooth infection, a condition that can be life-threatening if left untreated. 

5. Tooth Sensitivity

While it's normal to experience some teeth sensitivity after whitening treatment, for example, if yours can't be justified by anything, you should see a dentist right away. 

6. Mouth Sores

Mouth sores are usually unproblematic and go away on their own in a few days. But, if yours persists, are painful, and make it difficult to eat or swallow, you need to see an emergency dentist. 

7. Abscessed Gums

The infection can spread to other parts of your body and lead to sepsis, a life-threatening condition. Call a dentist immediately if you notice an abscess on your gums. 

8. Broken Tooth

If your broken tooth is accompanied by severe pain, tooth sensitivity and even bleeding, you need urgent dental care. 

9. Dental Bleeding

If you're experiencing dental bleeding, use a cold compress and hold it on the cheek, on the side of the affected area for about five minutes. If the bleeding doesn't stop, get in touch with a dentist and request a same-day appointment. 

10. Swelling

Swelling is often a sign of an infection. If the swelling is also accompanied by pain or other oral symptoms, you need to see a dentist right away. 

Dealing with a Dental Emergency in Ballwin, MO? 

Experiencing a dental emergency in Ballwin? Get t in touch with Carron Family Dental. After hours care is used for emergency care on an as-needed basis. We also offer evening hours two days per week to help accommodate your busy schedule.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, call us at (636) 256-3559 and tell us about your problem. 

For regular appointments, you can also get in touch with us online. 

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