Some types of dental pain require emergency dental treatment while others can be remedied by a conventional dentist. If you have dental trauma or considerable pain, you are likely torn between contacting an emergency dentist or waiting until your regular dentist is available. Emergency dental treatment is different from an emergency room. If you have considerable oral pain that interferes with your ability to work or sleep, do not visit the emergency room. The better approach is to visit an emergency dentist.
Significant tooth damage requires emergency dental treatment
If you are involved in an auto accident, athletic mishap or any other event that causes considerable damage to your teeth, emergency treatment is necessary. If the majority of the tooth is out of the socket or if it is fully out of the socket, do not wait until your regular dentist is available. Furthermore, if large portions of the tooth have broken off, emergency services will be required to preserve the tooth. If immediate attention is not provided, the nerve within the tooth might die. An emergency dentist will secure the tooth back in the proper position or seal it to address the damage.
An abscess or pus drainage necessitates emergency dental treatment
Teeth have the potential to be infected just like other parts of the body. An abscess or pus indicates there is a major problem with your oral health. The best course of action is to meet with an emergency dentist, obtain antibiotics to treat the bacterial infection and then meet with your regular dentist for follow-up treatment.
What about general mouth pain?
If your mouth pain is severe, it is a sign that your body is attempting to tell you something is awry. Severe mouth pain should also be tended to by an emergency dentist. However, if the mouth pain is not significant, it can be treated by your regular dentist. You can attempt to reduce mouth pain with the use of anti-inflammatories, an ice pack or rinsing with warm salt water. If the pain level is still elevated half an hour after your DIY (do it yourself) approach, do not hesitate to visit an emergency dentist.
Aching and bleeding gums
If you notice blood on your floss every now and then, you do not need to go in for an emergency treatment. However, if your gums are bloody and painful following a traumatic incident, you should meet with an emergency dentist as soon as possible. Furthermore, if your gum or mouth bleeding does not stop, do not wait until your regular dentist is available. Obtain emergency dental treatment to stop the bleeding and meet with your regular dentist when they are available.
What’s the bottom line?
Sometimes certain situations will necessitate emergency dental treatment, don't delay, call now.
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