A dental emergency is any situation that results in injury or intense pain and requires immediate treatment. It is best to get in touch with a dentist in such situations to keep yourself from going through a lot of pain and get the best possible treatment. Dental emergencies include, but are not limited to:
A severe toothache or oral pain can be a sign of something serious, such as a cavity, infection, or abscess. If you are experiencing a toothache, call us immediately for an emergency appointment. In the meantime, you can try rinsing your mouth with saltwater and applying a cold compress to the outside of your mouth.
Chipped or Broken tooth
If you have a chipped or broken tooth, it’s important to call your dentist right away. They can provide the treatments necessary to address the severity of your injury. If it’s a minor chip or cracks, your dentist may polish the tooth to smooth the surface. However, if your tooth is cracked all the way through, it may require a dental crown or filling to repair the damage.
If your tooth gets knocked out, pick it up by the crown and rinse it briefly with cold water. If possible, place it back into the socket. Hold it in place with a wet cotton ball or gauze. If you can’t do this, place the tooth in a container of milk or water with a pinch of salt. Call your Dentist Colorado Springs CO immediately.
Jaw Fracture or Dislocation
A jaw fracture or dislocation can occur after trauma from an accident or sports injury.
In severe cases, the jaw may be broken or dislocated, causing extreme pain. If you have injured your jaw, avoid applying pressure on it. If it is broken, you may need to wear a splint. If the jaw is dislocated, you will need to get it repositioned as soon as possible.
Objects Caught Between Teeth
Sometimes, patients cannot remove an object that is stuck in between their teeth. This can cause significant pain. You could attempt to remove the object with dental floss; but if that doesn’t work, you should go to the dentist for help. While a dental appointment might be unwanted, the dentist can usually remove the object and then provide pain management tips to help the patient manage any pain.
An abscess is an infection that has formed inside a tooth or in the gum. It is caused by a pocket of decay or bacteria. Pain and sensitivity can occur when pressure is placed on the tooth. It appears as a yellow or green color on X-rays.
To find out more about the dental services offered at North End Dental, call (719) 471-1900 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 1705 N Weber St, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.