Dental emergencies often come as a shock to us and, frankly, we may not know what to do at the exact moment. Most of us would panic, which would delay the medical attention we’re supposed to get. As dentists, we suggest patients stay calm and get to us as soon as possible. This would reduce the pain that you’d have to endure and let us treat you before the condition gets any worse.
In most cases, dental emergencies are caused due to external injuries. An intense blow to the mouth could crack, chip, fracture, or even completely knock off a tooth from its socket. Also, injuries to the soft tissues of the mouth are common in such instances. They can lead to immense pain, bleeding, and, if left untreated, they can cause serious oral infections as well.
Most common dental emergencies
Cracked or chipped tooth: Oral trauma can result in a cracked or chipped tooth, which is often very painful. The nerves within the tooth would be affected due to the trauma and could become hypersensitive. It could also cause bleeding and induce an uneasy feeling in the mouth. When you visit our practice with a cracked tooth, we will visually examine it and administer pain-relieving medication if the pain is too much. The dentist will explain the possible treatment options to you to restore the tooth to its ideal condition, which could be crowns, veneers, or composite bonding.
Avulsed tooth: An avulsed tooth is one that is completely knocked off from the socket. Most often, it occurs when the patient takes a hard blow to the mouth, such as during a fall, an automobile accident, or a sports-related injury. The condition could become more complicated when the tooth breaks off right at the gums, causing excruciating pain, bleeding, and swelling. Try your best to cover the wound with a clean piece of gauze (which also prevents the bleeding) and get to a dentist as soon as possible to get immediate medical attention.
Soft-tissue injury: This can be extremely painful and lead to severe bleeding. The best thing you can do is act quickly by rinsing off the mouth and biting into a piece of gauze. It usually helps to reduce the bleeding by applying pressure on the wound and working towards forming a clot. When you visit us for treatment, we will make sure the wound is treated, and the bleeding is stopped. The right medication would be given to facilitate optimum healing. The patient mustn’t eat anything hot or spicy for a few days until it heals.
Dormant infections/cavities: Sometimes, oral infections and cavities would remain dormant for a long time while quietly growing underneath the tissues. When there is a sudden outburst, it can cause immense pain and discomfort. Get to a dentist immediately to get the necessary treatment.
If you experience a dental emergency, our dentist, Dr. Jason Cowden, can help you get relief quickly. Call Cowden Family Dental at 505-867-3999 if you need emergency dental care in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. A member of our team will help you get into our office as soon as possible.