When you or someone in your family suffers a dental emergency (for example, a trauma), it is important to go immediately to the dentist to be reviewed and treated promptly.
Dental emergencies caused by accidents such as falls in children, young people and adults occur frequently and knowing how to act in time can save a tooth.
Types of dental emergencies
There are many types of traumatic injuries associated with the oral cavity and especially in the teeth and soft tissues that are found inside. The teeth can break in its crown (the visible part that protrudes from the gum), its root (the internal part usually joined with the bone of the jaws), but it can also injure the tongue, the cheeks (cheeks on your part) internal), and the gums.
In addition to trauma, there are emergencies due to dental pain, usually due to infections, but also due to sensitivity produced in exposed areas of the teeth due to wear in the areas of mastication, or loss of the gum that covers the root and protects it.
What to do with dental emergencies?
In the face of any dental emergency, be sure to call the dentist and provide as much detail as possible about the emergency dental condition. If the accident happens when the dental office is not open, go to a nearby local emergency room.
The most important thing is to prevent a dental emergency from occurring in order to avoid injuries or dental accidents by taking precautions such as:
Use dental protector when practicing some sport
Avoid chewing ice, hard candy or hard foods
Use scissors instead of opening food packages with the teeth
Never use your teeth to cut things like plastics, threads, etc.
Other tips for dealing with dental emergencies:
Whatever kind of problem you may have, such as a toothache and dental emergencies, here are some other tips to follow:
Prepare for an emergency.
Knowing what to do in case of an oral emergency, whether it is soft tissue, bones or teeth, is something that can save time and favour a better solution. Therefore it is important to know some steps to take while the specialized help arrives. The more familiar you are with the procedures, the greater your chances of acting correctly during a contingency.
Find help immediately.
In case of large wounds, severe bleeding, breathing difficulties, lack of orientation, pain, loss of consciousness, you should not think about the costs of urgent care, since the patient's life may be at serious risk. In case of blows, if there are loose teeth, attention must be sought immediately so that the pieces are repositioned. In these cases, acting quickly can make a difference and avoid excessive expenses in reconstructive surgeries, subsequent implants, etc. In addition, the pain can be relieved almost immediately.
Schedule consultations and treatments whenever possible.
If the situation is not exactly an emergency, it is still very convenient to seek help, schedule an evaluation appointment, and thus be able to schedule what is going to be done.