Types of Dental Emergencies

Types of Dental Emergencies

Posted by DR. TILDEN on Aug 11 2022, 06:38 AM

Dental emergencies can be caused by an accident, tooth decay, or a sports injury. In some cases, they can occur due to a tooth that was already weakened due to gum disease.

When your pain is disrupting your life, it’s time to call your emergency dentist. Even if your pain isn’t severe, it’s wise to call your dentist for evaluation. 

Here are some of the most common types of dental emergencies:

Severe Toothache

A severe toothache is one of the worst kinds of pain you can experience, and it’s impossible to ignore it. This condition may be caused by tooth decay, chipped teeth, an abscessed tooth, or trauma to the face.

If you’re experiencing a severe toothache, you should make an appointment with our office as soon as possible.

Dental Abscesses

An abscessed tooth is a dental emergency. It occurs due to a bacterial infection in the tooth’s pulp chamber. When these bacteria multiply in the chamber, it causes pressure and pain. Dental abscesses are most common in the molars but can happen in any tooth.

Knocked-Out Teeth

When a tooth becomes knocked out due to an accident or injury, it is important to take quick action to try and save it. Make sure to hold it by the crown and rinse it by gently rinsing it with milk. Do not scrub the tooth or remove any tissue fragments. The goal is to preserve it. After rinsing the tooth, place it in a container of milk and come in to see us as soon as possible. If possible, we can place the tooth back and thus, save it. 

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Impacted wisdom teeth occur when wisdom teeth are misaligned or grow at an improper angle. This can cause pain, swelling, and potential infection.

The most serious problem associated with impacted wisdom teeth is an infection. The infection can cause severe swelling around the entire jaw. If the infection isn’t treated quickly, it can spread to other parts of the body.

Objects Caught Between Teeth

Oftentimes, patients describe objects caught between their teeth. Some of the most common objects include popcorn kernels, toothpicks, and floss.

When an object gets stuck between teeth, you need to remove it carefully. If available, use dental floss. However, if you can't, then make a visit to your dentist immediately.

Our dental practice is equipped with the best dentists and modern technologies that enable the best dental care for the patients. For the best dental treatments in Chicago, IL, contact Tilden Dental Group. You can find us at 331 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611, or call (312) 664-6616.

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