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How to Know if You are Having a Dental Emergency or Not

Many people will have a dental emergency at some point, sometimes as a result of underlying oral health conditions or injuries. Our Coquitlam dentists provide advice about how to know if your dental issue is an emergency, and what to do.

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is any problem with your teeth, mouth, or gums that necessitates immediate dental treatment. This can include, for example:

Broken, Chipped, or Knocked Out Tooth

A broken or chipped tooth can usually be repaired, but it will necessitate immediate dental attention. A filling may be enough to repair a fracture or chip, but more serious breaks may necessitate a crown or root canal.

For teeth that have been knocked out, a dentist may be able to replace the tooth within an hour of the incident. Within this time frame, the tooth has a better chance of regaining root. After two hours, the chances are significantly reduced, and alternative measures must be considered.

Severe Toothache

If you have a toothache that you cannot relieve with over-the-counter pain relievers, apply ice to the affected area and contact your dentist as soon as possible, as this is considered a dental emergency.

Toothaches can indicate serious dental problems, so they must be taken seriously.

Lost Filling

A missing filling is also dangerous because it exposes the interior of your tooth and weakens its structure. It is critical to see a dentist as soon as possible to have the filling replaced. You can protect the area until you can see the dentist by temporarily replacing the filling with a softened piece of sugarless gum.

Object Lodged Between Teeth

Objects becoming lodged between the teeth can be dangerous and require immediate attention from your dentist. If you are unable to remove the object with floss, do not use a sharp object to remove it as this may push it further between your teeth - or injure your gums.

Bitten Tongue or Lip

If you have uncontrollable bleeding after biting your tongue or lip, you should go to an emergency dental clinic. Meanwhile, apply a clean cloth to the bleeding area of the mouth and press down. Apply an ice pack to reduce swelling and seek emergency dental care.

Dental Abscess

A dental abscess is a pus-filled pocket that forms inside the teeth or gums. This excruciatingly painful condition is usually caused by a bacterial infection, which occurs within the soft pulp of the tooth or the root of the tooth. They can be caused by an untreated cavity, severe gum disease, or even a chipped tooth.

A bad taste in your mouth, swollen glands, pain, pus, or fever are all possible symptoms. An abscessed tooth usually necessitates surgery to drain the infection and properly treat it. Root canal surgery may be used to treat dental abscesses.

Are you experiencing a dental emergency? Our Coquitlam dentists will make every effort to see you as soon as possible and can often offer same-day appointments.

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