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Here’s how to tell if you are experiencing a dental emergency…
When there is an issue with your teeth, it can be hard to know if you should see our Hudsonville, MI, emergency dentists ASAP or if you are safe to wait. When dealing with a , your first call should be to our dentists.
In our dentists’ experience, they have seen a large number of patients who visit an emergency room instead of simply seeking care from a dentist. According to the dental emergencies., most emergency rooms do not have dentists on staff to treat
Their only option is to prescribe a mild painkiller and sometimes an antibiotic, which does not treat the source of the patient’s pain. An estimated 39% of these patients have to return to the emergency room at some point for further treatment, as their primary dental needs were not adequately addressed.
In general, any dental problem that is in need of immediate treatment to alleviate severe pain, save a tooth, or stop bleeding would fall under a dental emergency. This example would also apply to severe infections that could be life-threatening.
If you have any of these symptoms, you may very well be experiencing a dental emergency. Call our Hudsonville dental office immediately and describe your situation.
What is considered a
- Severe Dental Pain
- Painful Tooth Fracture
- Knocked-Out Teeth
- Swollen or Bleeding Gums
- Swollen Jaw or Mouth
- Abscess of Infection Resulting in Swelling
- Exposed Nerves
- Missing Filling or Broken Crown
Did You Know…
A tooth infection can spread to other parts of your body and cause further dental issues if left untreated.
A dental emergency can cause daily life to grind to a halt. Pain, swelling, and other symptoms make it difficult, if not impossible for you to focus on work, cherish time with friends and family, and consume a balanced diet. That’s why it is very important to seek treatment for your dental emergency as soon as possible — before the problem gets more extensive and leads to potentially life-threatening complications.
But how exactly should you handle these situations? Let’s examine some FAQs regarding urgent oral health problems.
How soon should I see an emergency dentist?
The simple answer, see our dentists as soon as you can. Receiving quick care is especially important in the case that a tooth was knocked out; if you receive care within an hour or so, it may be possible for our Hudsonville, MI, emergency dentists to splint it back in place. In some situations, such as if your filling fell out, you may be able to practice self-care for a day or two before you visit our dentists.
My tooth is chipped or broken. What should I do next?
You may not be experiencing pain, but don’t wait until it hurts! It is important to ensure you see our emergency dentists as soon as possible. The internal and sensitive portions of the tooth may now be exposed to harmful bacteria in the mouth. If the tooth is left unprotected, it may cause new decay.
What things are considered a true dental emergency?
A dental emergency is typically defined by pain, a large amount of discomfort, and any sudden swelling. It is important to know that oral health issues rarely solve themselves and they will not just go away. Contact our emergency dentists as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of the above.
What should I do if my filling fell out?
If a filling fell out recently, it’s important not to panic. Most of the time, losing a filling is not considered a dental emergency, however if you experience pain and sensitivity in the area near or around the lost filling, it should not be ignored. Our Hudsonville, MI, emergency dentists advise you not to wait longer than 3 days to seek our help. If you do wait longer than 3 days, your tooth will be left unprotected, which may call for future treatment and the placement of a dental crown.
My tooth was knocked out. What should I do?
This is definitely a reason to see our emergency dentists immediately. Your nerves will likely be exposed and we recommend avoiding touching the tooth. Never touch the tooth by the root as it contains important fibers necessary for proper healing. Grab the tooth by the crown, or top. Rinse the tooth with tap water, ensuring not to scrub.
Immediately place the tooth back in the socket, if at all possible. If you are unable to place the tooth, go immediately to our dentists, bringing the tooth with you. While heading to our Hudsonville office, put the tooth back in your mouth next to your cheek or in a small container of milk (not tap water) so that the root stays moist.
How to deal with oral swelling?
Swelling usually indicates an infection. If you have a hard time breathing or your eyes swell, you are in need of emergency dental care immediately and will likely need an antibiotic. Do not place heat on the affected swollen area as this may cause the infection to spread more quickly.