What is Considered a Dental Emergency?

Dental injury is a common occurrence, particularly with young children and people who play contact sports. If you experience a dental emergency, it’s important to see an emergency dentist as soon as possible. However, some injuries in the mouth and teeth can be dealt with whenever you have a chance to get to the dentist, and are not considered emergencies.

What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?

Some dental injuries, much like any other injuries, must be dealt with right away for the best possible outcome. If you experience any of the following problems, you should see an emergency dentist as soon as possible:

  • A knocked out, or avulsed, tooth
  • Severe lacerations to the face, lips, or gums
  • Any excessive bleeding in the mouth

On your way to the emergency dentist, keep bleeding under control by applying pressure with sterile gauze or a soft cloth. If your tooth has been knocked out, place it in a small cup with some water, milk, or an over-the-counter product specifically designed to preserve knocked-out teeth.

Issues that can wait until you can make an appointment with your family dentist include:

  • Dislodged filling
  • Dislodged crown
  • Chips or cracks in the teeth

If a filling or a crown has fallen out, you can use a small amount of denture adhesive or toothpaste to hold it on the tooth until you can see your family dentist.

Preventing Dental Emergencies

The best way to avoid serious injuries to your mouth or teeth is to do what you can to prevent them. For example, if you play a contact sport such as football or hockey, wear a mouth guard at all times to prevent damage to your teeth. Wearing a helmet when you ride a bicycle or a motorcycle can help minimize damage to your face and mouth in the case of an accident. Other precautions include wearing appropriate footwear on slippery or icy surfaces, and being especially careful in situations where falls might be likely, such as hiking on ground where footing is uneven.

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